Climate and energy

TTIP negotiators have already listed the following EU rules as technical barriers” to trade: energy efficiency labels; fuel efficiency standards for cars; sustainable public procurement policies; regulation of unconventional fossil fuel extraction, including shale gas and tar sands; sustainability standards for bio-energy; and the banning of climate-damaging f-gases in appliances such as refrigerators and freezers.

TTIP would undermine efforts to strengthen Europe’s policies to combat climate change and boost renewables and energy efficiency. An agreement would also stimulate imports and exports of fossil fuels – like shale gas from fracking or oil from tar sands – while clean energy production for local communities and associations would be considered unfair competition and a barrier to trade.

TTIP could, for example, make it near-impossible to close a well-known loophole in EU rules on car emissions that allows emission levels on the road to be much higher than what is declared by carmakers. Even if you dismiss emissions from cars when they are driven or when they are produced, the increase in the transatlantic car trade generated by TTIP could add 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions just from the shipping of vehicles across the Atlantic.