International Trade Committee

Trade and the environment inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

The relationship between international trade and the environment is complex.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has argued that trade can have both positive and negative environmental impacts.

In its inquiry, the Committee will explore how the Government can support positive environmental outcomes through trade policy – including the achievement of the internationally agreed climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement, and how the negative environmental impacts of trade can be mitigated. 

In doing so, the Committee will examine how effectively existing free trade agreements address environmental issues, and consider how the Government could implement its commitment, as set out in the 2017 Trade White Paper, to “the maintenance of high standards of […] environmental protection in trade agreements”.

Terms of reference for written submissions

Next meeting(s)

There are currently no public meetings scheduled.


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