Green industrial policy and trade: A tool-box

Green Industry and Trade 
Assessments (GITAs)
 are a major tool offered by PAGE to determine opportunities for sectoral development to drive the new green economy. These assessments are undertaken in various PAGE partner countries, in collaboration with respective national partner institutes. To inform and guide the work of national partners, PAGE devised a methodological tool-box for national-level Green Industry and Trade Assessments.

Green Industrial Policy and Trade: A Tool-box

PAGE developed this tool-box to guide policy makers and green economy professionals in the use of policy options at the intersection of green industrial policy and trade. As such, this tool-box provides an overview over trade-related green industrial policy instruments available and clarifies their structure and operation, while outlining their implications with regard to trade policy. The tools are embedded in an overall methodology consistent with the UNIDO Practitioner’s Guide to Strategic Green Industrial Policy.

Policy tools discussed in this tool-box

This tool-box focuses on a sub-set of green industrial policies. These comprise of trade policies that can be harnessed to promote green industries and green industrial policies that are of particular relevance from an international trade perspective. The publication therefore discusses the following tools: Border measures (ch.2), Support schemes (ch.3), Standards (ch.4), Sustainable public procurement and manufacturing (ch. 5), and Provisions in trade agreements reserving or promoting green industrial policy (ch.6) and Employment-related schemes (ch.7).

The tool-box can be used in two ways:

  • as a stand alone resource by government officials, policy makers and/or trade negotiators who want to consider a wide range of trade-related industrial policy options to advance the transition to inclusive green economies; and
  • a trade-related tool complementing the PAGE Practitioner’s Guide to Strategic Green Industrial Policy from 2016.

Target Group

This tool-box is targeted at national policy makers concerned with industrial, trade or environmental policies, as well as negotiators of trade and investment agreements that are looking to employ trade-related green industrial policy tools to facilitate their country’s transition to an Inclusive Green Economy.

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