U.S., China, EU, oth­ers fail to reach environmental deal

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GENEVA | Forty-six coun­tries in­clud­ing the U.S., China and Euro­pean Union na­tions failed Sun­day to agree on a list of “environmental goods” like so­lar-pow­ered air con­di­tion­ers or LED light bulbs that could be tar­geted for lower tar­iffs.

The two-day meet­ing at World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion in­volved a bid to agree on re­duc­ing tar­iffs on over 200 en­vi­ron­ment-friendly goods worth around $1 tril­lion in trade an­nu­ally, part of a process that EU Trade Com­mis­sioner Ce­cilia Malm­strom called im­por­tant “to show that trade and the en­vi­ron­ment can go hand in hand.”

She and sev­eral other of­fi­cials said China’s pre­sen­ta­tion of a late list of goods to in­clude threw a monkey wrench into the week­end ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The talks amounted to just a step in a broader process on the Environmental Goods Agree­ment that was al­ready fac­ing uncer­tainty about how Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump will ap­proach it.

The United States and the Euro­pean Union, who chaired the talks, said in a joint state­ment that en­voys would re­turn home to con­sider the next steps, but did not pro­vide any timetable.

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