OECD Trade Policy Studies

1990-1534 (online)
1990-1542 (print)
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A series of OECD reports on various aspects of trade policy. Recent reports have covered such topics as universal access to basic services offered internationally, the role of non-tariff barriers, and environmental requirements and market access.

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Environmental and Energy Products

Environmental and Energy Products

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08 June 2006
9789264024823 (PDF) ;9789264024816(print)

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This collection of studies is intended to help trade negotiators navigate through the international discussion over liberalising trade in environmental goods and services by exploring in greater depth three categories of environmental goods: environmentally preferable products, renewable-energy products and energy-efficient products. Its three chapters consider the scope and definition of each product category, examine tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, and explain the environmental effects of liberalising such goods.  This book follows a previous volume, Trade that Benefits the Environment and Development: Opening Markets for Environmental Goods and Services, published in 2005,
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  • Executive Summary
    Chapter 1 examines the potential benefits of liberalising international trade in certain goods designated as "environmentally preferable products" (EPPs) in the context of the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. EPPs are defined as "products that cause significantly less ‘environmental harm’ at some stage of their ‘life cycle’ than alternative products that serve the same purpose." (UNCTAD, 2004)
  • Liberalising Trade in Environmentally Preferable Products
    This chapter addresses the issue of environmentally preferable products (EPPs) in the context of the Doha Development Round and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. It reviews available definitions; describes existing compilations of products and identifies broad categories of EPPs; and offers case studies on three groups of products addressing benefits (and costs) of liberalisation for selected countries and products.
  • Liberalising Trade in Renewable-Energy Products and Associated Goods
    Various studies and events over the past several years have stressed the importance of eliminating barriers to trade in renewable forms of energy and the technologies used to exploit them, as part of a broader strategy to reduce dependence on more-polluting and less secure energy sources.
  • Can Energy-Efficient Electrical Appliances Be Considered "Environmental Goods"?
    Public policies in a large number of OECD and non-OECD countries seek to steer producers and consumers towards relatively more energy-efficient goods. This chapter considers electrical appliances for home and office, which are produced and consumed in large and increasing numbers in industrialised and, increasingly, in developing economies.
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