Pollution and climate change do cross boundaries. Growing demand for energy and natural resources is a global challenge which calls for global solutions.
Exporting European green and low carbon solutions to other parts of the world - in particular emerging countries, will help them to adapt to the finite resources of our planet and contribute to the fight against climate change.
Industry sectors have already started to develop agreements globally: companies of a sector in emerging as well as developed countries commit to greenhouse gas reductions or energy-efficiency targets.
In sectors where energy and CO2 are major concerns, such as steel, cement and aluminium, it avoids that some companies suffer from carbon constrain while others benefit from carbon havens depending on their location country.
Such voluntary agreements can significantly contribute to greenhouse gas reduction in the developing world. They should be duly taken into account during the international negotiation of a post-Kyoto agreement.
Other international action
The EU will also promote good practice internationally, notably within the United Nations and the G8 framework.
The EU will continue to support the liberalisation of trade of environmental goods and services in WTO negotiations, so that green technologies are disseminated in more countries.