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Call for Evidence

Submitting written evidence to the inquiry

Terms of reference 


We welcome submissions which address any of the following questions: 

  • How wellare the Government’s free trade agenda and its environmental policies aligned? And is the Government ambitious enough in its approach? 
  • To what extenthave the Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance changed their working practices in order to bring together the Government’s environment and trade policies?  
  • What mightbe the impacts of measures introduced by the UK’s trading partners designed to reduce reliance on carbon-intensive fossil fuels – for example carbon border adjustment mechanisms – on UK trade? And what could a UK carbon border adjustment mechanism mean for its imports and exports? 
  • What are the benefits and costs of the UK’sapproach to environmental and climate change commitments in free trade negotiations to date? And to what extent might the inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement clauses in free trade agreements affect the UK’s climate change policies?  
  • By what measures should the environmental impacts of new free trade agreementsbe assessed?  
  • How effective is the Government’s engagement with international forums to ensure that there is a broadconsensus among its trading partners on how to align trade with environmental issues?   
  • What can the UK learn from how other countries’ experiences of aligning trade and environmental policies? How have other countries innovated in this area? 
  • What opportunities are there for the Government to innovate to create more opportunities for “green”goods and services to export, to decarbonise and green supply chains? 
  • To what extent is the UK’s trade policykeeping up with demands from consumers on issues such as sustainability, deforestation, eco-labelling and greener supply chains? 

We read all the evidence we receive. The evidence you give may help to shape our inquiry and final report. 


This call for written evidence has now closed.

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