Trade Deals for Green Growth: Economic Integration Brings Environmental Collaboration
The news is momentous. In a country known for its north-south economic integration (with the US) and its east-west inter-provincial rows, such policy convergence at the provincial level reveals the two-fold pressure felt to renew industrial competitiveness and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These trade accords were perhaps bolstered by the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) launched earlier this year between the EU and Canada, which on several fronts envisions deeper economic integration with the EU than with the US. Though negotiated at the federal level, CETA would rely heavily on inter-provincial commitments.
For industry, both agreements signal seriousness about green growth. With their major trading partners adopting climate policies, and their federal government unable to issue an enforceable national plan, Canadian provinces are taking the initiative to foster environmental innovation. By launching within these important trade agreements projects like the CCS venture in the West and the GHG reduction collaboration in the East, Canadian provinces demonstrate the building political consensus that tackling environmental concerns can be a vital tool in addressing the economic ones.
By Andrew Gertge, GLOBE-Net