'Carbon will cost all businesses' – report

The cost of carbon is “an unstoppable steamroller” that will affect the bottom line of all businesses either directly and indirectly, according to a new report from consulting firm Arthur D. Little.

Whatever the outcome of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December, the policies in the EU and elsewhere for attaching a cost to carbon emissions are now well-established and will continue, the authors say.

Carbon prices will steadily increase, they predict. Companies will face challenges such as changing investor attitudes, changing consumer preferences and new competitive threats.

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