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CBAM happy

Yet this is a seriously interesting topic.

See this. Comments my way. mathew@carrzee.net

Im keen to update it:

EU to Protect its New Green Hydrogen Industry, Plastics, Chemicals Using Planned Carbon Border Adjustment: Lawmaker (3)

By Mathew Carr

Monday May 16-17, 2022 — A vote to be held in the European Parliament’s environment committee planned for Tuesday on compromise rules of the region’s carbon border adjustment mechanism to be “tight,” said key lawmaker shepherding the measure Mohammed Chahim.

The EU’s planned Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is a climate measure that should prevent the risk of “carbon leakage” — industries shifting economic production to other countries — and support the EU’s increased ambition on climate mitigation, while ensuring World Trade Organization compatibility.

Climate change is a global problem that needs global solutions. As Europe raises its climate ambition and less stringent environmental and climate policies prevail in non-EU countries, there is a strong risk of companies based in the EU moving carbon-intensive production abroad to take advantage of lax standards.

The CBAM is meant to equalise the price of carbon between domestic products — which face carbon prices of about 90 euros a ton — and imports — which often face no carbon price.

Even after Tuesday’s (today’s) vote, there will probably be months of political wrangling on the CBAM measure, which has stirred accusations of unfair trade practices by some nations/exporters.

“I think we have a majority,” who will vote for the compromises Tuesday, Chahim said of the vote. “The majority is very, very tight.”

On green hydrogen, Chahim said bringing that nascent industry into the CBAM system from about 2026 would ensure that product is protected from competition from non-green hydrogen produced outside the EU: Chahim

Organic chemicals and plastics will also be brought in, adding to these industries (listed and snipped here from an earlier document)…click link above

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