How the EU is inflating its CO2 achievement

Europe has made strides on restricting CO2 emissions but as it's now importing more carbon-intensive goods, its two steps forward must be viewed in light of a big step back.

The European Union is inflating its position as a leader in tackling global climate change by ignoring the impact of its fall in industrial competitiveness, which means the region is now importing more carbon-intensive goods.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning fossil fuels in west Europe have fallen over the past two decades, but the carbon content of consumption accounting for net imports has risen.

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