Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 04/2009

Can Trade Policy Support the Next Global Climate Agreement?

Margaret Lay

October 2008

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


The global trade and environment regimes have a rich history of conflicts and synergies that holds important lessons for current initiatives to develop and implement effective national and global climate policy. This paper explores the relationship between the trade and environment regimes and asks how climate negotiators can harness the powerful incentives of international trade to support the next global climate regime.