EU carbon leakage exposure criteria under attack

Governments still divided on key elements of EU carbon trading plans but will begin talks with MEPs on areas of consensus

Germany is leading a charge against criteria proposed by the European commission for assessing European firms' exposure to carbon leakage, ENDS has learned.  It is proposing a new, single criteria as part of council discussions on a proposal to revise EU carbon trading rules.

The member state says firms' exposure should be judged simply by carbon intensity as a proportion of gross value added, according to an EU source.  Brussels says international trade intensity must be core in judging risks.  It also proposes other criteria (EED 18/09/08).

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