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Policies Towards Tackling Climate Change and Their Compatibility with the WTO

  • Kiyotaka Morita
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Part of the Environmental Protection in the European Union book series (ENVPROTEC, volume 5)

Abstract

Japan and the EU have been implementing domestic measures to tackle climate change. Although measures such as technical standards, eco-labelling and emissions trade systems are expected to contribute towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions, they often evoke discussions regarding their compatibility with WTO regulations. Would an obligation to comply with the energy efficiency standards comprise a technical barrier to trade? Would free allocation of allowances under the emissions trade system be regarded as subsidies under the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures? Would border tax adjustments relate to the principle of Most Favoured Nations (MFN) or National Treatment (NT)? This study examines these issues from the perspective of WTO jurisprudence.

Keywords

World Trade Organization Clean Development Mechanism Commitment Period Most Favour Nation World Trade Organization Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Cooperation BureauKeidanren (Japan Business Federation)TokyoJapan

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