ENVIRONMENT: ENVIRONMENTAL DATABASE
The WTO's environmental database (EDB) contains all environment-related notifications submitted by WTO members as well as environmental measures and policies mentioned in the Trade Policy Reviews (TPRs) of WTO members. The database is updated on an annual basis.
The environmental database has been prepared under the WTO Secretariat's own responsibility and is without prejudice to the positions of WTO members or to their rights and obligations under the WTO.
The environmental database consists of two parts since 2009: (i) a report presenting an overall analysis of environment-related notifications and environmental measures mentioned in TPRs; and (ii) an Excel table providing the underlying data used for the analysis.
The Excel table allows the data to be sorted by WTO agreement, WTO member, type of measure, product or environmental objective and for relevant tables and graphs to be generated.
To improve the transparency of WTO's members' trade measures, members are required to report their measures in the form of notifications to the relevant WTO body.
The WTO conducts regular reviews of members' trade policies. For each review, two documents are prepared: a policy statement by the government and a detailed report written independently by the WTO Secretariat.
The electronic database allows users to search according to specific criteria - for instance, by member, agreement, type of measure, product, activity, or environmental objective.