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European companies, whilst claiming tougher emissions targets would be ‘impossible to meet’ and are damaging their competitiveness, are making extensive use of offsetting to meet their targets and even using it to directly subsidising their international competitors by for example purchasing offset credits originating in Chinese and Indian steel works. A new report by climate campaign group Sandbag into the use of international carbon offsets to meet legally binding caps in Europe in 2009 reveals for the first time direct evidence of how Europe is subsidising its competitors and calls for reforms.