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Trade and Climate Change

Trade policy has a central role to play in supporting efforts to mitigate climate change and in helping communities adapt to the realities of the changing climate. Defining this role in different contexts requires a deep understanding of the range of policy priorities governments seek to balance, and the economic implications of different choices.

IISD’s work on trade and climate change provides analysis and advice to help define the role of trade policy by leveraging the organization’s expertise in three interlinked topics: the economic and policy choices in the energy transition needed for climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation planning and climate resilience; and the design of trade policy and trade agreements.   

Our work provides governments and other stakeholders with practical, evidence-based analysis of policy options and ways they can be achieved, including through international cooperation.