The UK continues to prioritise Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) as its primary trade strategy. To avoid undermining its international climate strategy, and losing public support for its trade strategy, the UK’s approach to trade deals needs to be better aligned with its climate objectives. To achieve this, the UK should pioneer climate cooperation agreements inside and alongside its trade deals.

This E3G briefing “Enhancing the UK’s green trade approach to priority countries: Climate cooperation agreements inside and alongside trade deals” uses a series of case studies to assess how the UK has progressed climate cooperation in its trade strategy to date. Positive examples are given from the UK’s recent FTA with New Zealand, as well as the UK’s more informal trade discussions with Indonesia and Vietnam. The briefing makes the case for the UK to treat upcoming formal FTAs with the same creativity as more informal trade talks.

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