Trade and climate change are deeply entwined. Trade-related emissions account for as much as a quarter of all Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
Seen positively however, adapting international trade can be a force multiplier for the global response to the climate crisis. Countries are also increasingly competing for a ‘green export market’ shaped by new rules. It is therefore critical to position Africa as a pioneer in green growth, staying ahead of rapidly evolving consumer preferences and regulatory requirements and so increasing its market share in global trade.
TMA will focus on enabling modal shifts in transport corridors, increasing the emissions efficiency of the transport, logistics and export sectors, and increasing the climate resilience of trade infrastructure – in order to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and drive increased low carbon and resilient trade in and from the region.
Support the shift from airfreight to sea freight in the export of high value, perishable agricultural produce from Africa.
Reduce emissions in road transport and at transport nodes, through greener energy production and reduced congestion.
Support the trade and transport sectors to develop more detailed national and sector-specific climate policies, strategies and institutional arrangements.
Support Governments and business associations to prepare effective positions in trade negotiations on climate-related export market regulations.
Support policy and regulatory frameworks to strengthen value chain awareness and building capacities of value chain actors on compliance with emerging environmental and sustainability-related green standards within specific value chains – not least horticulture.
Develop leapfrog technologies to accelerate the establishment of circular economies that have
Catalyse financial flows from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to trade-related green growth, low-carbon development and climate resilience, in particular through its commercial arm TCA.