Question to the Department for International Trade:
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will include consideration of climate impacts as part of any new trade deals.
We conduct initial scoping assessments ahead of new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and impact assessments once FTAs have been signed. These look at climate change as well as environmental concerns from biodiversity to air quality.
We have agreed ambitious environmental chapters with both Australia and New Zealand, which preserve our right to regulate to meet net zero, affirm our shared commitment to the Paris Agreement and seek to cooperate on a range of environmental issues.
Through trading relationships and promoting the take up of green tech, we can support global goals on the environment.