Overseas Trade: Environment Protection

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 24th May 2021.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the UK is taking in multilateral and plurilateral forums to liberalise trade in environmental goods and services; and whether she will plans to apply for the UK to participate in the initiative towards an Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability as a means of promoting that goal.

Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

HM Government is committed to environmental goods and services liberalisation and is exploring the most effective ways to promote clean growth through enhanced international trade.

HM Government was able to liberalise over 100 environmental goods after we took back control of our trade policy from the EU for the first time in almost 50 years, as we take our first steps towards a more Sustainable Global Trade Agenda.

The United Kingdom welcomes international dialogue on environmental goods and services liberalisation and encourages the widest possible participation across the World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership. The United Kingdom will use her independent seat at the WTO, and her G7 and COP26 presidencies to further this.

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