August 2020

Trends and Resources

Business Trends: The impact of a carbon tax on the European chemical industry

Over the past several years, greenhouses gas (GHG) emissions have become a pressing global issue.

Saxton, D., FaÍsca, N., Nexant Energy and Chemicals Advisory

Over the past several years, greenhouses gas (GHG) emissions have become a pressing global issue. Europe is leading global efforts to become climate-neutral by 2050 but may do so at the expense of its chemical industry. Private and public stakeholders are in pursuit of how carbon-related price signals can drive global emissions reduction. A wide range of approaches and paths allows governments, businesses and institutions to select the method best suited to the broader policy environment, although the most common policies are emissions trading schemes and carbon taxation. It is a divisive subject within the European industry, given that poorly implemented legislation harms the competitivene

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