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

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

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

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