WTO Committee on Trade and Environment Continues Efforts on Plastics Pollution, Circular Economy – IISD

The Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met on 3 July 2020 to discuss how trade policy can address plastics pollution and a circular economy and to review the resumption of work on other initiatives disrupted by COVID-19.

The Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met on 3 July 2020 to discuss how trade policy can address plastics pollution and a circular economy and to review the resumption of work on other initiatives disrupted by COVID-19.

 

The meeting, chaired by Ambassador Chad Blackman (Barbados), served to continue conversations previously introduced by members at the WTO, including a discussion on addressing plastics pollution in November 2019 and an informal consultation on the subject held in February 2020, co-hosted by China and Fiji. At the request of the delegations of Fiji and China, a communication by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the trade in plastics, sustainability, and development was circulated in advance of the July 2020 meeting.

 

China and Fiji provided an update on how the WTO can support global efforts on plastics pollution, noting that there were plans to launch a WTO plastics initiative at the 12th Ministerial Conference, originally scheduled for June 2020. That meeting has been tentatively postponed to June 2021. In the interim, China noted that they will continue to reach out to interested members on the initiative.

 

Other members also provided updates on and expressed openness to exploring how the WTO can take action on plastics pollution, including Norway, which is supporting a comprehensive global agreement to combat marine plastic litter. Members also recognized that new rules to govern international shipments of waste plastics among signatories of the Basel Convention will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

 

On circular economy, the US called for the WTO to focus on trade facilitation for recovering and reusing recyclable materials, pointing to the country’s November 2019 submission that suggests that the CTE draw on earlier global value chains work to promote reverse supply chains.

 

Several members presented their plans to resume work on initiatives that have been temporarily put on hold due to the pandemic. Countries expressed eagerness to resume efforts intended to be presented or launched at MC12, albeit with the understanding that the workstreams must reflect the new realities brought on by the pandemic.

 

Costa Rica described plans for a joint statement by a group of members known as Friends Advancing Sustainable Trade (FAST Group), originally slated for presentation at MC12. The informal group, Costa Rica noted, could host future discussions on, inter alia, climate change, fossil fuel subsidy reform, plastic pollution, and conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

 

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