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Environmental Goods Agreement List

By Zach Arnold | April 9, 2021

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The third round of EGA negotiations took place from 1 to 5 December 2014 and focused on products for wastewater and wastewater management, environmental rehabilitation and rehabilitation, and noise and vibration reduction. Participants, including Canada, had the opportunity to present their products in these three categories and learn from independent experts in these fields. 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. Despite possible successes, progress towards the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), which was launched in 2014 at the WTO, is limited. Only high-income countries, with the exception of China and Costa Rica, participated in the current deadlock in the negotiations. Only tariffs and goods are on the agenda, in the form of services and other trade barriers. Several factors have contributed to preventing the participation of developing countries.

First, in rich countries, tariffs on environmental products are about 0.5%, with few tariff peaks. In terms of tariffs, the stakes are therefore very low for the current participants in the EGA negotiations. Second, as might be expected, the average rates applied on both lists are increasing with a declining level of income (Figure 1). The high number in Chart 3 for the APEC list for the high-income group confirms the observation that environmental objectives are increasing in importance with the increase in per capita income. In addition, the average NTM and NTB figures are similar and similar to the EPP list between groups, indicating that developing countries would overcome fewer obstacles if the EPP list were adopted. In the end, the EGA should have been a discussion about the content and not the timetable. The European Parliament`s rapporteur for the EGA file, Italy`s Alessia Mosca, told Borderlex: “A year ago we were in a similar situation and since then the list has decreased considerably.” Mosca said: “In this sense, substance should be a priority and the agreement should respect these principles.” Fourth, the tariff structures in Chart 1 indicate that liberalization of trade in environmental goods would result in a sharp increase in imports to low-income countries, particularly where initial trade flows are low, indicating a high elasticity of trade costs. With regard to the liberalization of their trade in environmental products, countries with high trade shares would have low trade cost elasticity, whereas for low-import developing countries. In addition, current barriers to trade in environmental goods are generally higher for developing countries. The eighth round of negotiations was held in Geneva from 27 to 31 July 2015. In anticipation of the development of a more targeted list of widely supported products, negotiators conducted a detailed review of all product designations and intensified their efforts to identify products of common interest. The first discussions on a draft text for the EGA also took place during this cycle.

18 participants representing 46 WTO members are in talks to remove tariffs on a number of key environmental products. These include products that can contribute to environmental and climate change objectives, such as clean and renewable energy production, improved energy and resource efficiency, air pollution control, waste management, wastewater treatment, environmental quality monitoring and noise control.

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