Agreement On Environmental Goods

When EGA entered the market in 2014, it looked good and achievable. Limited volume: 54 types of products already identified in 2012 by the Asia-Pacific APEC bloc. Only on goods and the elimination of tariffs. NGOs and civil society do not revolt because of the green and environmentally friendly dimension of the trade agreement. And yet. After two years and a significant reduction in the number of products reduced by more than half, the trade ministers, who were supposed to prepare the final compromises in early December, finally gave up. The 16th round of negotiations was held in Geneva from 19 to 23 September 2016. Based on the G20 Heads of State and Government Communiqué and the more targeted list of products published by the EGA President during the 15th round, participants worked to reduce differences in the list of environmental products and held discussions on the draft text of the EGA. Participants agreed to hold the next round of negotiations on 16 and 20 October 2016. The 14th round of negotiations was held in Geneva from 20 to 24 June 2016. Participants met both bilaterally and in small groups and intensified their negotiating efforts to reach agreement on a definitive list of environmental products. Encouraging progress was made during the week and participants agreed to convene the next round on 25 and 29 July. The fourth round of negotiations took place from January 26 to 30, 2015 and was the subject of discussions on clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency products, which were identified by Canada and other EGA participants.

In addition, independent experts made presentations on economic trends in the energy sector as well as on the various technologies to reduce the carbon intensity of global energy production. The aim of these presentations was to inform the EGA negotiations by highlighting specific environmental challenges and identifying ways to use certain technologies to address such challenges. The fourth round was also the first to participate in the participation of Israel, which officially joined the EGA negotiations in January 2015. The World Trade Organization hopes to repeat the success of the SO-called ITA-2 negotiations, which were the culmination of the last ministerial conference held in Nairobi in December 2015. The format of the EGA negotiations is based on the 1997 Information Technology Agreement under a sub-group of WTO members, which focused exclusively on the elimination of tariffs on certain products. This agreement was updated in 2015. The ninth round of negotiations was held in Geneva from 16 to 22 September 2015. Efforts to identify assistance to priority products on a more concentrated product list, developed between rounds 8 and 9 and covering approximately 450 subheadings of the harmonized system, continued.