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Sarkozy Warns China of Carbon Tariffs

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has warned China that the EU could penalise cheap imports from high carbon-emitting countries in order to defend European companies that are obliged to meet strict environmental standards.

In a speech to students at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, Mr Sarkozy urged China to shoulder its environmental responsibilities as a global economic power with some experts already saying it is the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide.

But he said the EU, which regards itself as the world’s pace-setter in fighting climate change, would not indefinitely let its companies bear the brunt of this campaign if countries that mass-produce cheaper goods delay adopting similar standards.

“I will defend the principle of a carbon compensation mechanism at the EU’s borders with regard to countries that don’t put in place rules for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Sarkozy said.

Comments (2)

  1. Bill says:

    Would be nice if he said the same of United States otherwise it makes his statement racist

  2. Bill says:

    we need carbon footprints on products packaging , like Walker crisps have done, 75 grams CO2emmisions per a 25 Grams packet of crisps, this should be on all products, that way we decide if we should buy and support a product thats greener than another product

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