Clean energy technologies and the trade system

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With the challenges of access to energy, energy security and climate change imperatives becoming more pronounced in recent years, and interest in clean energy has surged. There is a need to phase out the use of fossil fuels, reduce energy intensity, and shift to a cleaner energy mix, making reform of the supply and use of energy a key priority for the global community.

As countries strive to accomplish this shift – often in combination with other policy goals such as generating domestic jobs and revenue – a range of policies and measures have been put in place, some of which have trade implications. Consequently, tensions arise and there is an increasing recourse to the WTO and its dispute settlement mechanism. This raises questions as to whether the existing rules are the most adequate to arbitrate and adjudicate.

Currently, there are no energy-specific rules or commitments in the WTO, nor any structured discussion in the WTO on issues related to renewable energy. Yet research indicates that a supportive framework of rules as well as targeted trade reform could contribute to fostering the scale-up of renewable energy. Given the considerable potential sustainable development benefits, this avenue should be fully explored and sustained.

Reports from the Expert Group on Clean Energy Technologies and the Trade System can be found here.

Members


Theme Leader and Convener

Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz
Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz
Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz
Chief Executive at ICTSD

Co-convener

Matthes Buhbe
Matthes Buhbe
Matthes Buhbe
Director at FES

Group Manager

Ingrid Jegou
Ingrid Jegou
Ingrid Jegou
Programme Manager at ICTSD

Abraham_James
Abraham_James
James Abraham
Managing Director at Sunborne Energy
Bosco Astarloa
Bosco Astarloa
Bosco Astarloa
Senior Community Manager, Head of Renewable Energy Industry at World Economic Forum
Johannes Bernabe 1
Johannes Bernabe 1
Johannes Bernabe
Senior Partner at Ocampo & Manalo Law Offices
Borregaard_Nicola
Borregaard_Nicola
Nicola Borregaard
Head of Energy & Climate Change at Fundación Chile
Thomas Brewer
Thomas Brewer
Thomas Brewer
Senior Fellow at ICTSD
Peter Brun
Peter Brun
Peter Brun
Managing Director, SETI Alliance at ICTSD
Aaron Cosbey
Aaron Cosbey
Aaron Cosbey
Associate and Senior Climate Change & Trade Advisor at IISD
Thomas Cottier
Thomas Cottier
Thomas Cottier
Managing Director at WTI
Delcros_Fabian
Delcros_Fabian
Fabian Delcros
Senior Policy Advisor at Rock Creek Global Advisors
Dolun_Muge
Dolun_Muge
Müge Dolun
Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO
Harbinson_Stuart
Harbinson_Stuart
Stuart Harbinson
Private Consultant
Horlick Gary
Horlick Gary
Gary Horlick
Attorney at Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick
Robert Howse
Robert Howse
Robert Howse
Professor of International Law at NYU
Veena Jha
Veena Jha
Veena Jha
Director at Maguru Consultants Ltd.
Beatriz Leycegui
Beatriz Leycegui
Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui
Partner at SAI Law & Economics
David Luff
David Luff
David Luff
Partner at Appleton Luff
David Manning
David Manning
David Manning
Representative of Alberta to Washington D.C. at Government of Canada
Amelia Porges
Amelia Porges
Amy Porges
Principle at Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC
Roussell_Jodie
Roussell_Jodie
Jodie Roussell
Director of Public Affairs, Europe at Trina Solar
Rubini_Luca
Rubini_Luca
Luca Rubini
Reader in International Economic Law at University of Birmingham
Sandholdt_Kaare
Sandholdt_Kaare
Kaare Sandholt
Chief Expert at China National Renewable Energy Centre
Yulia Selivanova
Yulia Selivanova
Yulia Selivanova
Independent Consultant
Tamura_Akihiko
Tamura_Akihiko
Akihiko Tamura
General Manager of Beijing Office at Japan-China Economic Association
zhang
zhang
Naigen Zhang
Professor at Fudan Univeristy
Zhao Hong
Zhao Hong
ZHAO Hong
Minister Counsellor at Permanent Mission of China to WTO

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ICTSD Thematic Team and Project Management

Marie Chamay
Marie Chamay
Marie Chamay
Senior Manager, E15Initiative at ICTSD
Rashmi Jose 1
Rashmi Jose 1
Rashmi Jose
Project Officer, E15Initiative at ICTSD