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WTO Negotiations on Environmental Goods and Services Continue

1 July 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations on Environmental Goods and Services continued during a meeting of the Committee on Trade and Environment Special Session (CTE-SS), with proposals to include carbon capture and storage (CCS), natural gas and biofuels among environmental goods.

The informal meeting of the CTE-SS, held on 30 June-1 July 2010, continued receiving countries' submissions on possible environmental goods to be identified for liberalization. Countries make proposals on an individual basis, and there is no agreement yet on the inclusion of any of these products. Argentina and Brazil made a common contribution on the need to give developing countries more flexibility in liberalizing environmental goods and services through a set of criteria on special and differential treatment. Negotiations will continue in September-October 2010. [IISD RS Sources]