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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union plans to impose carbon emission prices on imports of products together with metal, cement and electrical energy, Bloomberg Information reported late on Wednesday.
The European Fee is because of suggest its carbon border tariff coverage on July 14, a transfer designed to place EU corporations on an equal footing with rivals in international locations with weaker carbon insurance policies than these of the bloc.
Citing a draft of the proposal, Bloomberg reported that the border levy could be utilized in full from 2026, after a phase-in from 2023.
It might apply to metal, cement, fertilisers, aluminium and energy, the report stated. Importers could be required to purchase digital certificates, with every one representing a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions embedded of their imported items.
The worth of the certificates will likely be linked to the price of permits within the EU carbon market, and based mostly on the common worth of auctions of EU carbon permits every week.
The Fee declined to remark.
Every year, by the tip of Could, importers should report the quantity of emissions embedded within the items they imported into Europe within the earlier 12 months, plus the variety of border levy certificates that they surrendered.
EU energy crops and industrial amenities are required to purchase permits from the EU carbon market to cowl their emissions. The allow costs have soared to data this 12 months and on Thursday was buying and selling at 52 euros ($63.34) per tonne of CO2.
The Fee has stated that international locations whose local weather coverage ambitions match these of the EU could possibly dodge the border price.
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