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Climate Clubs: Key Design and WTO Compliance Issues

Climate Clubs: Key Design and WTO Compliance Issues

Full Title: Climate Clubs: Key Design and WTO Compliance Issues
Author(s): Matthew C. Porterfield
Publisher(s): Climate Advisers
Publication Date: April 19, 2022
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Description (excerpt):

There is growing interest in developing “climate clubs,” smaller groups of countries focused on coordinating climate policy, to accelerate climate action. Climate Advisers shares this brief analyzing the key factors to design effective clubs that comply with World Trade Organization rules.

Proposals for climate clubs so far have varied significantly, making it difficult to evaluate the relative merits of different approaches. The intention of this paper is to share insights on how governments can conceive and develop climate clubs.

This paper provides a broad overview of some of the more prominent proposals for climate clubs and suggests that they can be assessed based on the following three factors:

  1. Purpose
  2. Scope
  3. Compliance with WTO Rules

Based on these three factors, the paper concludes with recommendations for governments that are considering negotiating climate clubs.

All statements and/or propositions in discussion prompts are meant exclusively to stimulate discussion and do not represent the views of, its Partners, Topic Directors or Experts, nor of any individual or organization. Comments by and opinions of Expert participants are their own.

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