Trade Agreements: Carbon Emissions

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 5 March 2020.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Labour, Putney

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that trade negotiations contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of food production.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We believe that environmental sustainability should be at the heart of global production and trade, and are committed to upholding our environmental standards and supporting global decarbonisation. We are exploring all options in future trade agreements to ensure that future trade is sustainable.

We are clear that trade doesn’t have to come at the expense of the environment and nothing in our trade deals will prevent us delivering our commitment to net zero by 2050.

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