International Cooperation

EPA's Role in International Environment, Trade and Finance

Both domestically and globally, protecting human health and the environment is essential to sustainable economic growth and development. EPA supports these goals by:

  • working with domestic and international partners,
  • providing technical analysis and capacity building assistance through knowledge-sharing and best practices, and
  • supporting the dissemination and use of environment-friendly technologies and environmentally-supportive investments and financial instruments.

At the national level, EPA works with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on environmental issues related to trade policy, and with the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the potential environmental impacts of proposed multilateral development bank investments.

Internationally, EPA provides policy advice and technical expertise on trade and finance issues related to the environment through a wide range of international organizations including the World Trade Organization Exit , the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, multilateral development banks such as the World Bank Exitand the United Nations. Exit

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Background Information on Environment, Trade and Finance

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Trade

Global trade presents economic and policy opportunities and challenges. EPA works with domestic and international partners to address policy challenges, reduce the environmental impacts, and maximize the benefits of trade.

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Finance

Investment has an important role to play in improving environmental protection at the international level. To support and strengthen this role, EPA works to shape environmental criteria for finance and investment decisions, foster investment in environmental infrastructure, and support rules that incorporate sound environmental stewardship in multilateral development banks and other international finance institutions.

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Export Promotion

EPA is utilizing our expertise to protect the environment and improve our economy by promoting the export of U.S. environmental solutions.

The Environmental Solutions Exporter Portal is an on-line hub for our efforts.  It was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and with the support of other federal agency partners.  It includes information about government programs, events, and analysis to support the export of U.S. environmental solutions.

The portal features the U.S. Environmental Solutions Toolkit – a user-friendly database that can be read on a variety of mobile devices that highlights scientific analysis, regulatory structures, and some examples of U.S. companies offering relevant solutions.

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Contacts

For additional information on EPA's trade programs, contact:

Joe Ferrante
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
E-mail: ferrante.joe@epa.gov