EU Climate Policies and Developing Country Trade Vulnerability: An Overview of Carbon Leakage-Sensitive Trade Flows

Date period
30 August 2011

SummaryThe paper, which has been prepared by colleagues within ICTSD specialised in competitiveness and development related to climate change, assesses the trade flows from a number of developing countries to the EU in some of the sectors that have been identified by the European Commission as particularly sensitive to carbon leakage. By doing this, the authors are able to quantify the potential exposure of developing countries to a possible carbon cost on imports, if put in place by the EU.

We hope that this paper will add to the debate about climate change policies in trade. Any feedback or suggestions would be warmly welcome.