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The Environmental Technologies Export Initiative is a U.S. government program that promotes the worldwide deployment of U.S. environmental solutions by providing tailored services to environmental exporters and by developing demand for U.S. environmental technologies and services in growing environmental markets.

Environmental Exporter Services

Individual Export Development Services including: customized market research, business matchmaking, feasibility studies, international tender advocacy, trade & commercial barrier advocacy.

Coordinated government-led Commercial & Policy Activities in key markets.

Finance for exports and project development.

Special services for Small Businesses & New Exporters.

Developing Global Markets

U.S. Environmental Solutions Toolkit marries U.S. EPA guidance on environmental protection with information on how to access U.S. technology providers. For information on how to participate please contact

Technical Assistance & Capacity Building activities inform foreign governments and end-users of environmental technologies on U.S. approaches and link end-users to U.S. solutions providers. Information on activities in specific markets can be found on the market opportunities dashboard of this site’s home page.

The International Buyer Program delivers foreign buyers to key U.S. commercial events and expositions providing U.S. companies with the opportunity to develop international business locally. Information on upcoming environmental delegations can be found on the market opportunities dashboard of this site’s home page.

U.S. government agencies lead a variety of international environmental and commercial dialogues that help foster environmental regimes in growing international markets. Information on dialogues and other policy activities in specific markets can be found at

Participating Agencies

International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

The International Trade Administration (ITA) leads the industry and commercial aspects of the Environmental Technologies Export Initiative and coordinates inter-agency activities through the Environmental Trade Working Group of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee. ITA leads various commercial dialogues in pivotal developing markets and through the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service’s 109 domestic and 128 foreign posts provides U.S. businesses with a variety of export development and trade promotion services.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-launched the Environmental Technologies Export Initiative in conjunction with ITA. The Agency works to protect human health and the environment internationally by offering policy guidance on environmental issues, disseminating scientific information, and promoting green commerce and sustainable development around the world.

U.S. Trade & Development Agency

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) promotes U.S. job growth by helping create export opportunities for U.S. companies for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. Many priority development projects require environmental technologies, such as water quality improvement.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides guidance, loans, and advocacy to small businesses in the U.S. to promote job growth. With offices in every state and territory, SBA will be critical to assisting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) grow their green businesses.

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State advances U.S. objectives and interests in the world by developing and implementing the president’s foreign policy agenda. The Department of State is the lead U.S. agency in implementing the international components of policies to address climate change and to foster sustainable development. The Department of State undertakes technical assistance delineated in the environmental chapters of U.S. multi and bi-lateral trade agreements.

U.S. Trade Representative

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is a Cabinet member who serves as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. USTR coordinates trade policy, resolves disagreements, and frames issues for presidential decision. USTR negotiates free trade agreements and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements that help to open foreign markets to U.S. exports. USTR's Office of Environment and Natural Resources has broad responsibilities to leverage trade negotiations and relationships to pursue environmental goals, including the reduction of trade barriers facing the environmental technology industries.

U.S. Agency for International Development

Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID sponsors environmental and climate change projects the world over.

Export Import Bank of the United States

The Export–Import Bank of the United States (Ex–Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex–Im Bank assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets by providing export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing and assuming credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept. Ex–Im Bank has special provisions aimed at leveling the playing field for U.S. exporters by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters. Ex–Im Bank provides working capital guarantees, export credit insurance, loan guarantees, direct loans, and project and structured finance.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing risks associated with foreign direct investment, and supports U.S. foreign policy. OPIC financing provides medium- to long-term funding through direct loans and loan guarantees to eligible investment projects in developing countries and emerging markets. By complementing the private sector, OPIC can provide financing in countries where conventional financial institutions often are reluctant or unable to lend on such a basis.

U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy seeks to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to develop technologies to mitigate the effects of climate change and to enable adaptation; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

U.S. Department of Treasury

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s mission is to maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively. The department supports the Environmental Export Initiative by serving as an advisor to the Environmental Trade Working Group of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee.