Making the international trade system work for climate change

The international research project »Making the international trade system work for climate change« investigates potential synergies between the international climate regime and the trade regime. The focus is on analyzing trade policy measures (WTO, regional free trade agreements) which support more ambitious climate policies. The project provides a first analysis of the Paris Agreement’s implications for the international trade and climate policy interlinkages.

The project is coordinated by Climate Strategies and funded by the KR Foundation.

Duration: January 2016 until May 2018

Dr. Susanne Dröge, Felix Schenuit

Funded by:
KR Foundation, Dänemark

Project Partners:



Michael Mehling, Harro van Asselt, Kasturi Das, Susanne Dröge

Beat protectionism and emissions at a stroke

in: Nature 559, 321-324, 16.07.2018 (online)
Susanne Dröge, Harro van Asselt, Kasturi Das, Michael Mehling

Mobilising Trade Policy for Climate Action under the Paris Agreement

Options for the European Union

SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 01, February 2018, 34 Pages
Michael Mehling, Kasturi Das, Susanne Dröge, Harro van Asselt, Cleo Verkuijl

How to Design Border Carbon Adjustments that Work for the Climate

in: Policy Brief, Climate Strategies, 2017 (online)
Susanne Dröge, Harro van Asselt, Kasturi Das, Michael Mehling

The trade system and climate action: Ways forward under the Paris agreement

in: South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business, Vol. 13, Issue 1, May 2017, pp. 195-276
Susanne Dröge, Harro van Asselt

Are trade agreements good or bad for the climate?

in: CarbonBrief, Guest post, 28.10.2016 (online)

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