TIV contributes to International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) 2017 paper, “International Trade, Governance, and Sustainable Transport: The Expansion of Electric Vehicles.”

In 2017, the ICSTD’s Program on Climate Change called on global leaders in academia and the private sector to conduct a study describing the effects on trade due to an increased usage of electric vehicles (EVs). Simultaneously, the collaborative effort sought to evaluate how trade policy changes due to EVs will affect climate change efforts. TIV’s Vice President of Emerging Technologies and Intellectual Property (IP), Dr. Mirjana Stankovic, contributed to “International Trade, Governance and Sustainable Transport: The Expansion of Electric Vehicles” largely through her expertise of patent law, technological advancements of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the dynamics of economies in the digital age. The paper set off to investigate how two specific types of electric vehicles – (1) Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and (2) Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles – will impact trade policy, regulation and governance. It also evaluated how decarbonization efforts have fared in light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the anticipated trajectory in the near future. Additional chapters elucidate a spectrum of topics, including various policy drivers, challenges to EV expansion, current research gaps and additional questions that warrant further study.


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