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8th November 2022

BCC Network News: BCC urges world leaders to make a step change on green trade

Reacting to the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) World Trade Report 2022 released at COP27, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy, said: 

“World leaders will do well to pay attention to this report.  The WTO’s call to action is clear – trade in environmental goods and services to mitigate climate change is good for jobs, productivity and investment.  

“It is so important that we seize this moment now; any failure to raise levels of green trade will otherwise damage supply chains, lead to production shortages, and weaken infrastructure in the future.    

“We need to see a step change in the political response. The report finds green trade has multiplier effects in achieving the transition to low carbon technologies across the world.  Reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers now, could increase green exports by 5% by the end of the decade and cut global emissions too.  

“Business is ready to meet this challenge – but we also need global leaders and trade ministers to step up and provide the trade opportunities that allow us to develop growth and lower carbon emissions hand-in-hand.”  

An executive summary of the WTO World Trade Report 2022 can be found here.

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