The final conference of the ENTWINED program

- The promise and peril in Green industrial policy and voluntary sustainability initiatives.

ENTWINED conducts research on issues at the intersection of international economics, environmental economics and trade law, and engages with stakeholders who have a role to initiate change on the issues.

This conference showcased some of the key insights from our research and targeted practitioners working with two principle areas:

Voluntary sustainability initiatives: What are the social, economic and environmental impacts of sustainability standards (e.g. ecolabels) operating in the global market, and how are these impacts distributed geographically and across global supply chains? Ecolabels are an increasingly visible feature in the marketplace but there is a lack of scientifically rigorous assessment of the impacts of these initiatives.

Trade and Green Industrial Policy: The need to shift energy consumption away from carbon-based energy has served as an impetus to governments, worldwide, to invest many billions of USD dollars to stimulate the development of the renewable energy sector. At the same time the last year has seen a surge in international tension over trade in these sectors. What lessons can be applied to the support of renewable energy sectors? Is there a need to discuss the way we manage trade so that we can leverage constructive green industrial policy and limit the deployment of destructive green industrial policy?

Program (pdf, 1.3 MB)


Mark Sanctuary, Program Director ENTWINED, Annika Markovic, Environment Ambassador of Sweden, Mark Halle, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Carolyn Fischer, Resources for the Future (RFF), Håkan Eggert, University of Gothenburg, Mads Greaker, Statistics Norway  & University of Gothenburg, Petros Mavroidis Columbia Law School, Robert Wolfe, Queen's University, Aaron Coseby, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Stefan Åström, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Vivek Voora, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Anna-Karin Lindberg, ICA Environment and Social Responsibility manager

Updated: 2013-11-06