Trade and Climate Change

What's New in Trade and Climate Change?


Since 1999, the IISD has explored the linkages between trade and climate change. Our work continues to focus on defining areas of linkage: identifying ways in which trade policy might effectively support the objectives of addressing climate change and identifying areas of potential conflict between the objectives of the two regimes.

In the summer of 2008, the IISD began co-ordinating a two-year collaborative effort of research and analysis to deepen our understanding of six key areas of trade and climate change linkages:

This research, which follows on the groundbreaking trade ministerial meeting on the margins of UNFCCC COP-13 in Indonesia (December 2007), will provide a solid platform for informed policy-making, most immediately in the lead- up to COP-15 in Copenhagen in 2009. As part of the project, IISD and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development will be co-ordinating a series of regional workshops in developing countries in April of 2009 to identify key developing country concerns and positions in the trade and climate change agenda.

Generous support for the project has been provided by the governments of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.


For more information on IISD's work in this area, please contact Aaron Cosbey.