The untapped potential of preferential trade agreements for climate governance

Authors: Morin, Jean-Frédéric; Jinnah, Sikina
Abstract: The regulatory contribution that preferential trade agreements (PTAs) make to global climate governance is assessed through an analysis of climate-related provisions found in 688 PTAs signed between 1947 and 2016. Provisions are analyzed along four dimensions: innovation, legalization, replication, and distribution. Innovative climate provisions are found in several PTAs that are in some cases more specific and enforceable than the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Nonetheless, these climate provisions offer limited progress because they remain weakly ‘legalized’, fail to replicate broadly in the global trade system, and were not adopted by the largest greenhouse gas emitters. Despite the inclusion of innovative climate provisions in a number of PTAs, their poor design and weak replication position them as some of the weakest environmental provisions within PTAs.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 2 January 2018
Open Access Date: 2 July 2019
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Environmental politics, Vol. 27 (3), 541–565 (2018)
Taylor & Francis group
Alternative version: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1421399
Collection:Autres articles publiés

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