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What does the EU's carbon border adjustment mean for the UK?

26 February 2020

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee takes evidence from academics on the implications of the EU's proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism for the UK.


Wednesday 4 March 2020, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
At 11.30am

  • Michael Mehling, Professor, University of Strathclyde Law School

At 11.50am

  • Carolyn Fischer, Professor of environmental economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Misato Sato, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

Areas of discussion

The European Commission has proposed introducing a carbon border adjustment mechanism as part of the Green Deal, its flagship policy package. The mechanism – which has also been described as a carbon border tax – would place a cost on selected goods  entering the EU market to reflect the carbon emitted in their production. The proposal has raised concern amongst some of the EU's trading partners, though little detail has so far been released by the European Commission on what shape the mechanism will take. The Committee will therefore be seeking evidence on:

  • The EU's possible approach
  • How the UK might interact with the mechanism
  • Whether the UK should welcome or be worried by the mechanism
  • Links to wider Government policy

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