This study investigates the TPP’s environment chapter and finds, despite official assurances to the contrary, the protections afforded by the deal are weak and generally unenforceable. Far from being a milestone for environmental protection, the TPP does little to safeguard or promote a healthy environment.
The shortcomings of the environmental chapter are especially notable in comparison to other chapters in the agreement. While foreign investors under the TPP can sue governments in private arbitration tribunals when regulations impair their investments, citizens have no direct avenue for recourse against corporations or TPP governments that fail to uphold environmental commitments.
Read more reports in our TPP series, What’s the big deal? Understanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership.