Industry lobbies EU lawmakers to change carbon border levy plan



Kate Abnett | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Some of Europe’s largest industry groups have asked European Union lawmakers to change their position on the bloc’s planned carbon border policy, in a last-minute lobbying push ahead of a vote on Tuesday, emails seen by Reuters show.

The European Parliament is set to vote on a report covering the EU’s plan to impose carbon costs on imports of polluting goods. The report aims to influence the European Commission’s eagerly awaited proposal for the policy due in June.

By putting a price on the emissions of imported goods, Brussels hopes to protect European industry from competitors in countries with lax climate policies, and avoid firms leaving Europe to avoid CO2 costs – known as “carbon leakage”.

Some industry groups are unhappy with the EU assembly’s position, which its environment committee approved last month.

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