Border Carbon Adjustments: Pivotal design choices for policy-makers

IISD's policy brief looks through the pivotal choices in the design of border carbon adjustments (BCAs), as well as the impact that each choice might have and the trade-offs that each might entail, aiming to provide useful insights to policy-makers and set the ground for the broader international discussions about best practices when crafting such instruments.

By Aaron Cosbey, Ieva Baršauskaitė on August 29, 2023
  • With the rise of #climate ambition, so is the concern regarding #carbonleakage. EU #CBAM has come into force, making many other governments think about their way forward in new environment where #carbon content in traded goods and the price paid for it will be key factors for some sectors. What are the key design aspects of new border carbon adjustment instruments? Read our new brief!

  • EU #CBAM has come into force, and the #UK and #Canada governments are finalizing the results of consultations about their own instruments to mitigate #carbonleakage. How many other governments might follow suit? What does that mean for those without their own carbon pricing systems? Read our new brief!

  • #Energy and #emissions -intensive sectors are transitioning into a new reality where international #trade instruments will be used to shape markets and support #climate ambition. What does this mean for developing countries and governments that would need more time or choose different pathways for their Paris targets? Read our new brief!