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EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM): What you need to know

The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) are both aimed at reducing carbon emissions by placing a price on carbon. 

They are intended to be complementary, with the revised ETS applying to intra-EU goods and the CBAM applying to goods imported into the EU. 

The CBAM - which is ground-breaking legislation - will apply a cost of carbon to imports of certain goods based on the carbon emissions associated with their manufacture. It is intended to prevent so-called “carbon-leakage”, i.e. the relocation of energy intensive production from the EU to countries with lower levels of regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information, see our client briefing: EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM): What you need to know.


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