Environmental Trade Initiatives
Similar to other issue-focused efforts in the Manufacturing and Services division, MAS advocates U.S. industry policy positions on issues related to trade and the environment in a range of international fora. Some of these include the expansion of market access for environmental goods (including remanufactured goods) and services in the WTO, the environmentally sound management of trade in recyclable and hazardous waste in the G8, and best practices sharing in areas of environmental technology development and deployment within the United Nations.
The Manufacturing and Services Working Group on Environmental Initiatives is the coordinating body in Manufacturing and Services that oversees and coordinates cross-sectoral U.S. industry policy positions on issues related to trade and the environment. As chair of this MAS Working Group, OTPA collects and synthesizes input from the various MAS industry offices on:
--environmental goods and services recommended by U.S. industry for inclusion in ongoing WTO negotiations;
--environmental goods and services being considered by WTO members for tariff and NTB elimination;
--policy approaches to strategically eliminating NTBs on remanufactured goods in key WTO member countries;
--infrastructural challenges in the U.S. and abroad related to the environmentally sound management of trade in recyclable and hazardous waste; and
--effective means of knowledge/best practices sharing among UN members regarding environmental technology development and deployment.