Incorporating environment into FTAs

30th August 2019

Web p9 container shutterstock 640701451

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Central government ,
  • Stakeholder engagement ,
  • EU


Jayne Gregson

IEMA is part of a Defra stakeholder group looking at environmental aspects of the UK's future partnership with the EU and free trade agreements (FTAs) with the rest of the world.

We are feeding the following issues into the process:

  • Trade/cooperation agreements need to be underpinned by environmental protection and sustainable development. This is the basis on which UK's existing international trade is conducted through EU FTAs.
  • The principles of non-regression and continual improvement of environmental outcomes should be included in future FTAs.
  • Europe uses the CEN one-standard model. CEN standards are the basis on which many single-market standards operate, and are sometimes used in lieu of, or in support of, EU regulation. BSI has confirmed it will remain a member of CEN. This will be a challenge when it comes to deciding on EU vs US approaches.
  • The UK should look to leverage its environmental services/technologies into agreements, particularly given our leadership position in this area.
  • Key environment/trade protections for certain issues need to be covered, including illegal timber/deforestation, conflict minerals, and trade of endangered wildlife.
  • The government should explore how Article 6 of the Paris Agreement can be leveraged through FTAs.
  • Trade agreements should be used to reinforce compliance with environmental agreements.
  • Trade agreements that don't do environment well invariably get gridlocked – a useful reminder to other government departments.

Image credit: Shutterstock


Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.

Transform articles

How much is too much?

While there is no silver bullet for tackling climate change and social injustice, there is one controversial solution: the abolition of the super-rich. Chris Seekings explains more

4th April 2024

Read more

Alex Veitch from the British Chambers of Commerce and IEMA’s Ben Goodwin discuss with Chris Seekings how to unlock the potential of UK businesses

4th April 2024

Read more

Five of the latest books on the environment and sustainability

3rd April 2024

Read more

The UK’s major cities lag well behind their European counterparts in terms of public transport use. Linking development to transport routes might be the answer, argues Huw Morris

3rd April 2024

Read more

Ben Goodwin reflects on policy, practice and advocacy over the past year

2nd April 2024

Read more

A hangover from EU legislation, requirements on the need for consideration of nutrient neutrality for developments on many protected sites in England were nearly removed from the planning system in 2023.

2nd April 2024

Read more

It’s well recognised that the public sector has the opportunity to work towards a national net-zero landscape that goes well beyond improving on its own performance; it can also influence through procurement and can direct through policy.

19th March 2024

Read more

The UK government’s carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) strategy is based on optimistic techno-economic assumptions that are now outdated, Carbon Tracker has warned.

13th March 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close