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EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) Implementation Nears Deadline: How VeChain Can Help Businesses Go Green Abroad

source-logo  crypto-news-flash.com 27 January 2024 14:42, UTC

As the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) entered its transition phase on October 1, 2023, businesses worldwide have been gearing up to comply with this innovative carbon pricing mechanism. With the first reporting deadline swiftly approaching on January 31, 2024, VeChain’s suite of solutions offers assistance to enterprises looking to navigate the complex landscape of CBAM.

Understanding CBAM

The CBAM, short for Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, is a taxation mechanism introduced by the European Union. It aims to levy carbon taxes on imports of carbon-intensive products from countries with lower carbon pricing than the EU. Essentially, CBAM establishes a virtual carbon pricing mechanism for imported products, ensuring a level playing field and addressing the risk of carbon leakage.

Its primary objective is to prevent the offsetting of the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction efforts by shifting production to countries with fewer climate policies in place. In essence, CBAM bridges the carbon emissions gap between imported goods and those produced within the EU.

CBAM Implementation Phases

CBAM is being implemented in several phases:

  1. Transition Phase (October 1, 2023, to December 31, 2025): During this period, data collection and reporting are essential for a smooth transition. Importers’ first reporting deadline is January 31, 2024. No financial payments or adjustments are required until the official phase.
  2. Official Phase (January 1, 2026, to December 31, 2034): The official phase will witness the gradual reduction of free carbon allowances. Importers will need to fulfill reporting obligations and pay carbon taxes based on market prices. Covered industries include cement, aluminum, fertilizers, electricity, hydrogen, steel, and potentially more.
  3. Post-2035 Phase: Beyond 2035, CBAM will cover an even wider range of industries as free carbon allowances are eliminated entirely.

Navigating the Transition with VeChain

VeChain, a leading blockchain technology company, offers comprehensive solutions to help enterprises successfully navigate the CBAM transition:

  1. Understanding CBAM Requirements: VeChain assists companies in understanding the legal requirements of CBAM and identifying relevant departments within their organizations for compliance.
  2. Product Assessment: VeChain helps companies identify products within their catalog that are affected by CBAM.
  3. Calculating Carbon Emissions: Through VeChain’s tools, companies can calculate the carbon emissions of their products within the CBAM scope accurately.
  4. Data Submission: VeChain streamlines the process of submitting carbon emissions data, ensuring efficiency and quality in reporting.
  5. Decarbonization Strategies: VeChain aids in the development and execution of strategies to reduce carbon footprints, integrating carbon management into existing processes.

About VeChain

VeChain, a pioneer in blockchain technology, offers a one-stop solution for businesses to navigate the challenges posed by the EU’s CBAM. Their services include CBAM policy training, product assessment, data submission, carbon emissions calculation, and consultancy on product decarbonization strategies. VeChain is committed to assisting enterprises in making a green transition and complying with the evolving regulatory landscape.