Reducing the footprint of trade and greening the brown

Support countries to make trade and investment activities more sustainable by assessing adverse environmental, social, and health impacts related to trade practices, and developing alternative solutions.

Trade in Lead Acid Batteries and its health implications

This project aims to analyze the health implications of trade in Used Lead-Acid Batteries (ULAB) and to make recommendations on a regional strategy to improve the sound management of ULAB in South East Asia. A workshop organized in Ozaka brought together a wealth of experts from countries in the region. As a result of this pilot study and workshop, a similar exercise was conducted in Central America and a similar regional strategies is being developed. The project is being conducted in partnership with the UN Environment Chemicals Branch.

Trade and the IGEM modeling tool

While UN Environment’s methodologies work is very rich, including the T21 model, it is not yet well suited to capture international dynamics, specifically trade. This was the finding of the “Technical Workshop on Improving the T21 Model” held in September 2014. In an effort to fill this gap, this work stream integrates trade onto the existing Integrated Green Economy Modelling tool (IGEM), providing practical tools to analyze and promote the sustainability of trade and assessing the implications of trade related policies. The work analyzes the tools and methodologies of different modelling schools (e.g. input-output, dual accounting models, computable general equilibrium, and system dynamics) and identify their applicability to measure the impacts of trade on a country’s social, economic, and environmental performance.

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