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TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT: 9 NOVEMBER 2010, GENEVA

Workshop on the Linkages between Trade, Transport and the Environment

The WTO Secretariat organized a Workshop on the Linkages Between Trade, Transport and the Environment in the margins of a meeting of the Committee on Trade and Environment. This event took place on Tuesday, 9 November 2010 from 10.00 a.m. — 1.00 p.m. in the Centre William Rappard. 

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The main objective of this Workshop was to provide an opportunity for information exchange on the linkages between trade, transport and the environment, with a particular focus on air emissions. The Workshop consisted of briefings by relevant international organizations on the work their organizations undertake on the environmental impact of international transportation.

The Workshop provided an overview, addressing the linkages between trade, transport and the environment, the relevance of different modes of transport in international trade, the environmental impact of specific modes of transport, projections of future environmental impact from international transport, policy instruments being used to limit negative environmental impacts, and the challenges and opportunities geographically distant, island, and landlocked countries are experiencing.

Report by Deputy Director-General Harsha V. Singh to the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) in Regular Session

  

Programme


10.00-10:10

Introductory Remarks

 

Harsha V. Singh, Deputy Director-General, WTO

 

10.10-10:30

Globalization, Transport and the Environment

 

Nils Axel Braathen, Principle Administrator, Environmental Directorate, OECD
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Presentation

  • Impacts of globalization on transport activity
  • The environmental impacts of increased transport
  • Recommendations — Policy instruments to limit negative environmental impacts
  • Case studies: environmental impacts of international shipping (Ports of Busan, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Rotterdam)
10.30-10:50

Questions and Answers
  

10.50-11:10

Economics of Trade, Transport and the Environment

 

Andreas Kopp, Lead Transport Economist, Energy, Transport and Water Department, World Bank
Presentation

  • Transport costs as trade impediments
  • Threats to trade costs from global environmental developments
  • Options to keep trade costs low
  • Co-benefits of a broad reform agenda
11.10-11:30

Questions and Answers
  

11.30-11:50

Air Emissions in Maritime Transport

 

Eivind Vagslid, Head, Chemical and Air Pollution Prevention Section, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization
Presentation

  • Trends in maritime shipping
  • The impact of maritime shipping on air emissions
  • Policy instruments to limit the negative environmental impact of maritime transport
11.50-12:10

Questions and Answers
  

12.10-12:30

Air Emissions in Air Transport

 

Paul Steele, Director, Aviation Environment, International Air Transport Association
Presentation

  • Trends in air transport
  • The impact of air transport on air emissions
  • Social and economic dimensions (e.g. trade and tourism, food miles, carbon labelling)
12.30-13:00

Questions and Answers
  

 

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