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Enforcing environmental standards through trade policy

Case Studies | Published  31 March 2021

The EU’s trade policy is currently the best example of successfully enforcing standards of environmental protection, animal welfare and climate resilience in trade. 

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The EU’s trade policy is currently the best example of successfully enforcing standards of environmental protection, animal welfare and climate resilience in trade. 

  • International environmental rules supported through trade policy, include the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 2015 Paris Agreement and The Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • EU trade deals contain rules on trade and sustainable development and include: 
    • Following international and environment standards and agreements
    • Encouraging trade that supports tackling climate change.
    • The EU also uses its trade agreements to promote sustainable public procurement.