BRUSSELS - The European Union's trade chief nominee said on Tuesday he supports the abolition of tariffs on environmental goods, but does not envisage an agreement on the issue at the World Trade Organization.

Karel de Gucht told members of the European Parliament before they vote on his appointment that he would try to put together a coalition of countries to eradicate taxes on green goods as part of the global fight against climate change.

(Reporting by Darren Ennis; editing by Pete Harrison)