English Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Filipino Finnish French Galician Georgian German Greek Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malay Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Russian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese

Green trade negotiations begin

GENEVA: The U.S. and 13 other World Trade Organisation (WTO) members, accounting for 86 percent of global trade in environmental goods, have begun negotiations on a new Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA).

In 2013 the U.S. exported US$106 billion of environmental goods in a market currently valued at nearly US$1 trillion.

The EGA aims to eliminate tariffs on environmental technologies such as wind turbines, water treatment filters, and solar water heaters. Current tariffs can be as high as 35 percent.

Wind turbine bladeThe other countries taking part are Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Costa Rica, the European Union, Hong Kong China, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.

WTO director-General Roberto Azevêdo commented: "Above and beyond the economic benefits that enhanced trade in environmental goods will deliver, we remain conscious of the positive role that trade can play in environmental protection. The topic of environmental protection is of utmost importance in the WTO and the liberalization of environmental goods is also a significant element of negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda."

The WTO participants said the new talks are aimed at promoting green growth and sustainable development while providing impetus for the conclusion of the Doha Round.

The EGA negotiations will build on a list of 54 environmental goods the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum put together in 2012 to reduce import tariffs to five percent or less by the end of 2015. They include solar panels, gas and wind turbines; wastewater treatment; air pollution controls; solid and hazardous waste treatment machinery; and environmental monitoring and assessment equipment.

The WTO says the first phase of the negotiations will be focused on eliminating tariffs or Customs duties on a wide range of environmental goods, while a second phase could address non-tariff barriers and environmental services.

News

Written on 20/10/2017, 20:31
cma-cgm-members-add-intra-asia-capacitySINGAPORE: October 20, 2017. CMA CGM Group subsidiaries APL and Cheng Lie Navigation (CNC) have launched a new Korea China Straits (KCS) box service...
Written on 19/10/2017, 21:13
britain-requires-new-aviation-strategy-with-or-without-brexitLONDON: October 18, 2017. The Manchester Airports Group (MAG), owner of Manchester, London Stansted and the airfreight-focused East Midlands Airport, has...
Written on 18/10/2017, 20:06
airlines-increase-support-for-endangered-speciesDOHA: October 18, 2017. Qatar Airways has joined Airlines for America, Delta, Emirates, IATA, Kenya Airways and United in the USAID Reducing Opportunities...
Written on 17/10/2017, 20:05
britain-should-remain-in-the-eu-says-oecdLONDON: October 17, 2017. In its latest survey of the UK economy the OECD says the positive impact on growth "would be significant should Britain remain...
Written on 15/10/2017, 19:28
africa-gdp-growth-of-3-7-percent-in-2018ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire: October 12, 2017. According to a new forecast from the African Development Bank (ADB), the continent's GDP is expected to grow 3.0...
Written on 13/10/2017, 16:16
biofuels-no-alternative-to-hydrocarbons-claimLONDON: October 12, 2017. As the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) held its second conference on alternative aviation fuels this week,...
Written on 11/10/2017, 19:41
delta-pre-tax-hit-by-hurricaneATLANTA: October 11, 2017. Delta Air Lines has reported a 5.5 percent increase in third quarter 2017 (Q3) revenue to US$11.06 billion and a net profit of...
Written on 10/10/2017, 20:53
lebanon-gets-new-access-to-export-marketsTRIPOLI, Lebanon: October 10, 2017. CMA CGM has added Tripoli to its Beirut, Lebanon call on a weekly basis in a bid to link exporters in North Lebanon to...
Written on 10/10/2017, 17:34
new-russian-arrival-in-hong-kongHONG KONG: October 10, 2017. Moscow-based carrier Aviastar-Tu has begun flying a Tu-204C freighter from Novosibirsk to Hong Kong on behalf of Russia...
Written on 09/10/2017, 18:20
jetblue-launches-aid-program-for-puerto-ricoNEW YORK: October 08, 2017. JetBlue, which normally operates 53 daily flights from three airports in Puerto Rico to the U.S Mainland, has launched a...
Written on 06/10/2017, 20:34
puerto-rico-begins-to-restore-essential-servicesSAN JUAN, PR: October 06, 2017. The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), representing 450 companies specializing in U.S. cabotage routes, says its members...
Written on 05/10/2017, 22:10
saudi-arabia-tops-equestrian-event-at-asian-gamesASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: October 03, 2017. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov brought the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in...
Written on 28/09/2017, 19:43
jd-com-to-deploy-one-million-dronesBEIJING: September 25, 2017. JD X, the innovation lab for e-commerce company JD.com, has partnered with U.S. gaming technology company NVIDIA to add AI to...
Written on 28/09/2017, 18:29
port-of-rotterdam-to-develop-blockchain-solutionsROTTERDAM: September 25, 2017. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Rotterdam Municipality have launched 'BlockLab' to develop applications and...
Written on 27/09/2017, 15:48
alibaba-to-invest-us-16-billion-in-logisticsHANGZHOU: September 26, 2017. The Alibaba Group is spending US$807 million to raise its stake in affiliate Cainiao Smart Logistics Network from 47...
Written on 26/09/2017, 19:30
technology-tops-most-valuable-brand-listNEW YORK: September 25, 2017. Apple, Google and Microsoft are the world's three most valuable brands according to Interbrand's latest ranking of 100 best...
Written on 26/09/2017, 17:55
unilever-remains-top-of-european-supply-chainsSTAMFORD, CT: September 25, 2017. Gartner's latest European Supply Chain Top 15 ranks Unilever No.1 for the second year running with Inditex taking second...
Written on 22/09/2017, 18:52
air-and-sea-aid-response-to-irma-and-mariaTORTOLA: September 22, 2017. With Hurricane Maria causing structural damage and power outages as it passes the Turks & Caicos islands, Royal Navy...
Written on 22/09/2017, 14:44
turkish-airlines-to-order-40-dreamlinersNEW YORK: September 21, 2017. Boeing and the Turkish government plan to develop Turkey's aerospace industry with the launch of a National Aerospace...
Written on 21/09/2017, 21:28
fedex-q1-results-hit-by-tnt-cyberattackMEMPHIS/MIAMI: September 20, 2017. FedEx Corporation has reported adjusted first quarter (Q1) revenue of US$15.3 billion, up from US$14.7 billion...

- powered by Quickchilli.com -