The E15 engages key stakeholders – WTO Ambassadors and political, business, and civil society leaders – in policy dialogues in Geneva and around the world to help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change.
Trade and Development Symposium
Clean energy technologies and climate change: Priorities for the WTO
In the light of the complex links between trade and climate change, there is scope for deepening the conceptual debate and ensuring that the global trade system is supportive of and being effectively used for climate action. While there are many opportunities to work through RTAs to advance climate action, issues remain which need to be addressed by the WTO. This is the case for broad, systematic matters like acknowledging climate change as a rationale for exceptions from the general principles under Article XX, or for more specific issues like allowing more flexibility in the use of clean energy subsidies.
Speakers from the expert groups on Climate Change and Clean Energy Technologies addressed how the WTO rulebook could be better equipped to stimulate a scale up of clean energy supply and use and how it can support bottom-up responses to climate change, including climate clubs.
Building on ICTSD’s twenty-year history of encouraging innovative thinking on trade and sustainable development issues at WTO Ministerial Conferences, 2015’s Trade and Development Symposium (TDS) acted as a crucial platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on the future of the multilateral trading system. The E15Initiative stream at the Trade and Development Symposium focused on dialogue around the key deliverables the Initiative’s world class experts released in January 2016 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Discussions provided an exclusive preview of the policy options that have been developed over four years by some of the world’s most pre-eminent trade policy experts.