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EU to launch first phase of world-first CO2 border tax

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Sep 14 2023 ยท 1 min read

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๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ Driving the news: The European Union will initiate the first phase of its pioneering carbon border tax next month
• Under this tax, companies importing specific goods into Europe will need to report their CO2 emissions, with non-compliance resulting in financial penalties

๐Ÿ”ญ The context: The tax is designed to protect EU industries from being outcompeted by foreign firms with higher emissions
• By 2026, imported goods will be subject to a CO2 fee matching what European firms pay in the EU's carbon market

๐ŸŒ Why it matters for the planet: The EU is leveraging its market influence to push international companies towards reducing emissions
• This effort underscores the global shift towards greener practices and the collective responsibility of all nations in battling climate change

โญ๏ธ What's next: While the initial phase requires only reporting, the full CO2 levy will come into play by 2026
• There are considerable concerns, especially from developing countries, about the impact of this tax on exports to the EU

๐Ÿ’ฌ One quote: "The transitional phase needs to be used to close loopholes and establish more robust rules to tackle circumvention," (Adolfo Aiello, Eurofer's Deputy Director General)

๐Ÿ“ˆ One stat: The China Iron and Steel Association's Secretary General, Jiang Wei, predicts that the new policy could increase the cost of Chinese steel exports to the EU by 4-6%

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