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Competitiveness and leakage concerns arise when countries implement policies and measures (PAMs) which other countries do not, or when PAMs differ between countries. This leads to different costs and risks to producers, leading to concerns that production of goods will relocate to other countries. Such concerns have been sufficient to dilute or even derail proposed environmental policies and measures in the past. This scenario applies
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Ensuring comparable effort amongst countries‟ commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a key issue in the current negotiations towards a post-2012 agreement on climate change. However, defining a broadly acceptable basis for comparison is challenging. A sceptical or minimalist view might regard comparability as limited to judgments that are essentially political and subjective. A more ambitious view is that
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The 23rd meeting of the Round Table on Sustainable Development on 22-23 July 2009 discussed competitiveness, leakage, and border adjustment.
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The 22nd meeting of the Round Table on Sustainable Development on 12-13 March 2009 discussed post-Kyoto sectoral agreements.
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The 20th meeting of the Round Table on Sustainable Development on 11-12 September 2007 considered the sustainable potential of biofuels and government policies to support them.
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The 18th meeting of the Round Table on Sustainable Development on 14-15 June 2006 considered whether current R&D priorities and programmes are adequately focused and resourced to bring on-stream the energy technologies of the future.
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The 17th meeting of the Round Table on Sustainable Development in June 2005 considered the role sectoral strategies could play in reducing the future growth trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Challenges to move towards sustainable future mobility systems with a particular emphasis on road transportation.
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The 14th meeting of the Round Table on Sustainable Development on 22 September 2004 focused on barrie
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The use of eco-labels to promote sustainable development.