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Energy Subsidies & Trade

Subsidies often exist because of ambitions related to trade and investment. Trade is also a place where negative effects of subsidies are often felt the hardest - by non-subsidizing countries. The GSI explores how trade could address fossil fuel subsidies more effectively.

News: Energy Subsidies and the WTO

Geneva, Switzerland—29 April 2013—The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Energy Charter organized a workshop to discuss how WTO regulation and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) apply to trade and investment in energy.

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Renewable energy subsidies and the WTO: The wrong law and the wrong venue

Japan recently announced that consultations had failed to resolve its dispute with Canada over the Province of Ontario’s feed-in-tariffs for renewable energy, and that in mid-June it will be asking the WTO to establish a dispute settlement panel. This is awful news for the multilateral trade system, for which the dispute will be corrosive, seemingly pitting trade against the environment.

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News: WTO subsidy dispute round-up

In the past two months, the U.S. Congress has decided to continue paying Brazilian cotton farmers US$ 147 million a year; speculation intensifies as the United States enters into consultations with China over subsidies for wind energy; and the American Soybean Association makes noises about the potential trade impacts of the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive.

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News: WTO subsidy dispute round-up

In the past two months, Japan has accused Canadian province Ontario of breaking WTO rules in its support for renewable energy; and the United States has launched an investigation into Chinese support for green industries more generally. Find out why in the WTO Subsidy Dispute Round-up.

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