A Guide for the Concerned: Guidance on the elaboration and implementation of border carbon adjustment
Aaron Cosbey, Susanne Droege, Carolyn Fischer, Julia Reinaud, John Stephenson, Lutz Weischer and Peter Wooders, 2012
This TRI–CC document, published by the ENTWINED network, is the product of more than two years’ effort by an international expert drafting group. It goes into rare depth on all the issues that policy-makers would need to consider in building and implementing a regime of BCA, and serves as a benchmark by which targeted exporters can assess such schemes.
New TRI-CC Reports
Energy-Intensive Industries: Decision Making for a Low-Carbon Future. The Cases of Steel and Cement. This pair of TRI-CC Reports look at two key energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries. An in-depth understanding of the sectors-how their decisions are made, how competitiveness might be impacted by various policies-is an essential prerequisite for any policies that can help them transition to a low-carbon future.
Amicus Curiae Submission to the WTO on DS412: Canada: Certain measures affecting the renewable energy generation sector (PDF - 884 KB)
This "friends of the court" brief, prepared by IISD with two other Canadian non-governmental organizations, was submitted to the World Trade Organization panel in the dispute brought by Japan against the Canadian Province of Ontario's policies to promote renewable energy. While this brief does not take a position on the legality of those policies, it argues strongly that if they are found to be subsidies, they should be afforded the same environmental exceptions that are available to measures affecting trade in goods-the GATT Article XX exceptions.
IISD’s Trade, Investment and Climate Change (TRI–CC) work builds on its wealth of previous research in this area dating back to 1999. Current work has three areas of focus:
Climate Change, Competitiveness and Leakage: IISD’s current work in this area seeks to:
Investment and Climate Change: IISD’s current work in this area seeks to provide in-depth policy advice to governments in developing countries on catalyzing increased flows of low-carbon foreign direct investment.
Green Industrial Policy: IISD’s work in this area is nascent, and will explore whether best practice can be defined for green industrial policy, what benefits and costs there might be from a global perspective, and what the implications are for trade law (particularly trade-related subsidy law and IPR law) and policy.
The TRI–CC program of work is made possible by generous support from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Norway and Sweden. Our work on defining best practice in the context of BCA is supported by the MISTRA Foundation’s ENTWINED Program.