Trade in the Balance: Reconciling Trade and Climate Policy

Report of the Working Group on Trade, Investment and Climate Policy

Trade&Climate Nov2016.coverThe report is the outcome of the Working Group on Trade, Investment, and Climate Policy convened by Boston University’s GEGI and Georgetown University Law Center’s Harrison Institute for Public Law in April 2016, a group of trade policy experts and climate policy experts from China, North America, and Europe. The Pardee Center provided support for the working group and produced this report.

The report provides timely insights about the alignment of climate and trade policy as the Paris Agreement enters into force and the next round of UN climate talks take place in Marrakech from November 7-18. The authors explore opportunities and barriers for alignment of the Paris Agreement’s global climate commitments with trade agreements under negotiation in 2016, such as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and bilateral investment treaties (BITs) between the U.S. and China, and between the U.S. and India.