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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 Exit, 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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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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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,
  • Share effective financial mechanisms and approaches with other countries,
  • 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 support economic growth by promoting the export of U.S. environmental solutions. 

  • The U.S. Environmental Solutions Toolkit is a user-friendly database that highlights scientific analysis, regulatory structures, and some examples of U.S. companies offering relevant solutions.

Learn more about Export Promotion at EPA.

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

Brian Muehling
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2660R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460