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Carbon Labelling and Low-income Country Exports: A Review of the Development Issues

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  • Paul Brenton
  • Gareth Edwards-Jones
  • Michael Friis Jensen

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This article discusses the carbon accounting and carbon-labelling schemes being developed to address growing concerns over climate change. Its particular concern is their impact on small stakeholders, especially low-income countries. The popular belief that trade is by definition problematic is not true; carbon efficiencies elsewhere in the supply chain may more than offset emissions from transportation. Indeed, low-income countries may offer important opportunities for carbon emission reductions because of their favourable climatic conditions and use of low energy-intensive production techniques. However, their effective inclusion in labelling schemes will require innovative solutions to provide low-cost data collection and certification. Copyright (c) The Authors 2009. Journal compilation (c) 2009 Overseas Development Institute..

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Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (05)
Pages: 243-267

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Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:27:y:2009:i:3:p:243-267

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  1. Jaime de MELO, 2012. "Trade in a ‘Green Growth’ Development Strategy Global Scale Issues and Challenges," Working Papers P48, FERDI.
  2. Baddeley, Shane & Cheng, Peter & Wolfe, Robert, 2011. "Trade Policy Implications of Carbon Labels on Food," Commissioned Papers 122740, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.
  3. de Melo, Jaime & Mathys, Nicole Andréa, 2010. "Trade and Climate Change: The Challenges Ahead," CEPR Discussion Papers 8032, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Fitzgerald, Warren B. & Howitt, Oliver J.A. & Smith, Inga J. & Hume, Anthony, 2011. "Energy use of integral refrigerated containers in maritime transportation," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(4), pages 1885-1896, April.
  5. Miranda, Silvia Helena Galvao de & Wong, Sara & Echeverria, Rodrigo & Bartholomeu, Daniela Bacchi, 2012. "Carbon Footprint Labeling: Challenges for Agricultural Exporters In Developing Countries," Policy Briefs 142435, International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.
  6. Mona Haddad & Ben Shepherd, 2011. "Managing Openness : Trade and Outward-oriented Growth After the Crisis," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2283, October.
  7. Paul Brenton & Gareth Edwards-Jones & Michael Friis Jensen, 2010. "Carbon Footprints and Food Systems : Do Current Accounting Methodologies Disadvantage Developing Countries?," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2506, October.

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