The Launch of the SETI Alliance: Supporting Sustainable Trade Initiatives

30th November 2012 • Co-organised with Green Growth Action Alliance

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Official launch of the Sustainable Energy Trade Initiatives (SETI) Alliance.

The SETI Alliance is a stakeholder support mechanism, hosted and managed by ICTSD, which works towards supporting and developing initiatives to promote a scale-up of innovation, production and deployment of sustainable energy goods and services through trade. The purpose of the Alliance is to support the formulation of policies addressing international markets for sustainable energy goods and services, which would contribute to climate change mitigation and to improving access to energy and enhancing energy security.

This event, organized by ICTSD with support by the Green Growth Action Alliance of the World Economic Forum, took place in Doha, Qatar, alongside COP 18.

The launch followed a year of rapid momentum for initiatives to foster trade in sustainable energy goods and services, notably at the G20/B20 in Mexico, APEC in Vladivostok, as well as in the European Union. The need for such initiatives has been broadly endorsed by key players, such as the chair of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, the World Resources Institute and the government of China, building on work by ICTSD and its partners, including cutting edge research and strategic dialogues and workshops.

Removing obstacles to trade in sustainable energy goods and services and providing enabling international rules-based frameworks to govern trade and investment constitute an important opportunity for addressing climate change. At the same time, such policies and measures would bring about a wide range of benefits, such as enhancing access to energy for the rural poor, spurring green jobs and reducing vulnerability to fossil fuel imports.

This is why ICTSD and its partners the Global Green Growth Institute and the Peterson Institute of International Economics have committed to promoting collaborative approaches that will inform Sustainable Energy Trade Initiatives, including eventual agreements (SETA). Such initiatives would bring countries together around the imperative of a massive, urgent scale-up of innovation, production and deployment of sustainable energy goods, services and technologies addressing tariffs, a broad range of non-tariff barriers and non-border distortive or obstructive measures.

Speakers at the event included:

Mr Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive, ICTSD

Mr Jake Colvin, Vice President, Foreign National Trade Council

Mr Christoffer Bertelsen, Chief Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and representative of the Global Green Growth Forum

Ms Ingrid Jegou, Manager of the Global Platform on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainable Energy, ICTSD.

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