USTR - Negotiations with 13 WTO member countries to reduce tariffs on environmental goods 

July 8:  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today announced that the United States and 13 other WTO member countries have launched negotiations on a new environmental goods agreement (EGA) at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

According to a USTR release, some WTO member countries currently apply tariffs as high as 35% on environmental goods, such as wind turbines, water treatment filters, and solar water heaters.

A separate USTR release states that the EGA negotiations will build on a list of 54 environmental goods, with a goal to reduce tariffs to 5% or less by the end of 2015, including:

  • Renewable and clean energy generation (such as solar panels, and gas and wind turbines)
  • Wastewater treatment (such as filters and ultraviolet disinfection equipment)
  • Air pollution control (such as soot removers and catalytic converters)
  • Solid and hazardous waste treatment (such as waste incinerators, and crushing and sorting machinery)
  • Environmental monitoring and assessment (such as air and water quality monitors), among others

The United States will be joined in the EGA negotiations by Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, the European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

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