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Environment, Trade and Finance

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Both domestically and globally, protecting human health and the environment is essential to sustainable economic growth and development. EPA supports these goals by:

    • working with domestic and international partners,
    • providing technical analysis and capacity building assistance through knowledge-sharing and best practices, and
    • supporting the dissemination and use of environment-friendly technologies and environmentally-supportive investments and financial instruments.

At the national level, EPA works with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on environmental issues related to trade policy, and with the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the potential environmental impacts of proposed multilateral development bank investments.

Internationally, EPA provides policy advice and technical expertise on trade and finance issues related to the environment through a wide range of international organizations including the World Trade Organization, Exit EPA disclaimer, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, multilateral development banks such as the World Bank Exit EPA disclaimerand the United Nations. Exit EPA disclaimer

Trade News
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Administrator Jackson tours innovative water technology exhibits at WEFTEC.

December 2012: EPA partnered with the Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program to highlight EPA’s export promotion strategy at Power Gen, the largest conference in the world for the power generation sector. Mercury and NOx emissions in power generation, non-road diesel emissions, and air emissions in the oil and gas industry are focus areas under the EPA export promotion strategy.

October 2012: EPA Administrator Jackson, Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez, and President-Elect of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Cordell Samuels toured innovative water technology exhibits and launched the Environmental Solutions Exporter Portal at WEF’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) Exit EPA disclaimer in New Orleans, LA. Learn more about EPA's export promotion strategy.

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Global trade presents economic and policy opportunities and challenges. EPA works with domestic and international partners to address policy challenges, reduce the environmental impacts, and maximize the benefits of trade.

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Investment has an important role to play in improving environmental protection at the international level. To support and strengthen this role, EPA works to shape environmental criteria for finance and investment decisions, foster investment in environmental infrastructure, and support rules that incorporate sound environmental stewardship in multilateral development banks and other international finance institutions.

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Background Information on Environment, Trade and Finance

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For additional information on EPA's trade programs, contact:

Joe Ferrante
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
E-mail: ferrante.joe@epa.gov


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