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Trade that Benefits the Environment and Development

Opening Markets for Environmental Goods and Services

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This collection of studies is intended as a practical tool to help negotiators navigate the numerous, complex issues that have arisen in international discussions over liberalising trade in environmental goods and services. In addition to explaining the background to the two earlier lists of environmental goods (stemming from separate efforts by the OECD and by the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum), the different chapters:

  • Explore various practical issues related to the classification of environmental goods, including "dual use" goods.
  • Provide concrete examples of synergies between trade in environmental services and environmental goods.
  • Synthesise the findings of various country studies on environmental goods and services undertaken by the OECD and other inter-governmental organisations.

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Synergies between Trade in Environmental Services and Trade in Environmental Goods

This chapter examines the synergies between trade in environmental services and trade in environmental goods. Environmental services are here defined as wastewater management services, solid-waste management services, sanitation and similar services and other environmental services. Services related to the collection, purification and distribution of water are also discussed. After describing each of the environmental services, the chapter identifies broad categories of goods used in their performance and notes that, for some goods, environmental services are driving growth in their markets.

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