Trade and Technology Dimensions of Energy Use and Climate Change


The nexus between trade, energy use and climate change is receiving much attention lately. Developed countries adopting emission reduction measures and competitiveness concerns in these countries, have led to proposals for tariff or border tax adjustments to offset any adverse impact of capping carbon emissions. However, such adjustment measures can impose significant economic costs upon developing countries by affecting market access and reduced export revenues. This might in turn affect their ability to adopt clean energy and energy efficient technologies.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has undertaken a study to understand the trade, technology and IPR issues related to energy use and climate change. The interim findings are already available and a seminar is being organized to discuss the possible implications further from different perspectives.

In light of these interim findings, the seminar will try to address the following questions:

  • What are the potential bases of imposition of border adjustment tax at developed country destinations?
  • How serious is the threat of carbon or energy efficiency related standards affecting trade of developing countries?
  • What can be the potential solutions/reactions to those emerging challenges?
    - Clean energy, energy efficient technology, trade retaliatory measures etc.
  • How important is it to make changes in the global IPR regime to facilitate greater access to efficient and clean technologies for developing countries?
  • How can developing countries' devise IPR regimes which while honouring TRIPs obligations are able to achieve the twin goals of achieving technological innovation and facilitating technology transfer?


Date: 29 Sep 2012 Theme: Climate Change
Location: Magnolia Hall, IHC, New Delhi
Category: Seminar


Mr Souvik Bhattacharjya
Associate Fellow
Centre for Global Agreements, Leg. & Trade
Resources, Regulation & Global Security Division