Reflections on the EU Green Deal, Brexit, and the US rejoining the Paris Agreement | Blue North

Blue North (24 February 2021) share their reflection on the EU Green Deal, Brexit, and the US rejoining the Paris Agreement -

The South African exports of fruit, wine and other agricultural commodities to the EU are a significant contributor to the economy, both in relation to GDP produced and employment provided and the trade relationships between South Africa and the European Union as a regional bloc are both longstanding and extensive. South Africa now faces uncertainty due to the recent exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, as well as from the implications of the new European environmental legislation referred to as “the EU Green Deal”. This short review aims to provide a bird’s eye view of what the EU Green Deal is, what the implications could be, and identify the legislation now applicable. Furthermore, it will briefly look at the impacts of the change of leadership in the United States on the South African agricultural sector. The purpose of this paper is to provide relevant, concise and useful information to the South African agribusinesses and farms engaged in international business and trade relationships.

THE EU GREEN DEAL What is it about and what does it mean for imports?
BREXIT What are the implications for South African exports?
What are the rules around carbon emissions?
UNITED STATES AND SUSTAINABILITY
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