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Polluting nations may face UK carbon border tax

Action is being considered against countries not meeting world commitments

Nations that fail to meet the UK’s standards on climate action may be forced to pay a ‘carbon border tax’ on goods coming into the country.

Environment Secretary George Eustice – who is attending the COP26 summit in Glasgow – has hinted at imposing higher costs on those that disregard new environmental standards.

However, he said introducing such measures would take time and ideally would be done multilaterally.

“We are not going to export pollution,” he said. “If you don’t want to do that, you do want to consider something like a carbon border tax.”

Prime minister Boris Johnson said countries must be ready to “make the bold compromises and ambitious commitments needed” at the final week of the climate summit.

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“There is one week left for COP26 to deliver for the world, and we must all pull together and drive for the line,” he said.

Nations had brought “ambition and action to help limit rising temperatures”, he said, referring to the pledges made during the first week of the summit.

“But we cannot underestimate the task at hand to keep 1.5C alive,” he added.

“Countries must come back to the table this week ready to make the bold compromises and ambitious commitments needed.”

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