Addressing climate change under preferential trade agreements: Towards alignment of carbon standards under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Holzer, Kateryna; Cottier, Thomas (2015). Addressing climate change under preferential trade agreements: Towards alignment of carbon standards under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Global environmental change, 35, pp. 514-522. Elsevier 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.06.006

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With its wide coverage of economic spheres and the variety of trade and investment measures currently under negotiation, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership opens windows of opportunity for advancing action on climate change. We examine possible avenues and international trade law implications for an alignment of carbon-related standards between the EU and the US. We compare EU and US carbon emissions standards for cars and argue that negotiators should strive for a mutual recognition of their equivalence for a transitional period, while pursuing the goal of full harmonization at the level of the highest standards of two parties at some date in the future. This could be a way to balance between economic and environmental interests and harness economic incentives for the benefit of climate.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Holzer, Kateryna and Cottier, Thomas

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

ISSN:

0959-3780

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rebecca Anne Gilgen

Date Deposited:

05 Jul 2016 14:26

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 11:08

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.06.006

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URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/84035

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