Eliminating trade barriers on environmental goods and services
The aim is to create “win win win” situations for trade, the environment and development. These negotiations deal with the reduction or elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services — for example catalytic converters, air filters or consultancy services on wastewater management.
Goods and services
Trade in environmental services is closely linked with trade in goods, since the provision of those services often relies on the use of related goods.
For instance, wastewater management includes the removal, treatment and disposal of household, commercial and industrial sewage and other waste water. These services require in most cases the use of goods, such as waste pipes, sewers and drains, cesspools or septic tanks, etc.