If Copenhagen fails, should the EU adopt a CO2 border tax?

France and Germany want border adjustment mechanisms to protect the EU's competitiveness if CO2 cuts are not agreed. But Sweden and the environment commissioner have branded the idea as ‘eco-imperialism’. Two experts discuss

Reinhard Quick, BusinessEurope

No - Reinhard Quick - Chair trade & environment working group, BusinessEurope

The principal justification for border measures is the risk of carbon leakage. If domestic measures to protect the climate impose too heavy a burden on industry, this could be tempted to migrate to countries with less strict climate policies.

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