Dec 14, 2010

Saving the world by smuggling energy-saving lamps

While EU governments often say climate change is a top priority, their policies are far from green. Cheap energy-saving lamps from China, which could drastically reduce energy use, are subject to a 66% anti-dumping duty in the EU. The measure protects the German industry, not the environment. So I am quite glad that Chinese traders found a way around this non-sense barrier. According to a 2006 report, Chinese producers have created new factories in third countries for the alleged production of energy saving lamps. In most cases, the lamps are merely assembled or simply put into new containers and reshipped. In some cases, Certificates of Origin are simply falsified, energy-saving lamps are misdeclared as normal lamps, or the values have been reduced.

ht: Lorenz'

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