Green tax shift is a priority for new political party in Denmark

Green tax shift is a priority for new political party in Denmark

In Denmark, a new political party called Alternativet (the Alternative) [1] has made combatting climate change and rising inequality its main priorities. The party, which claims to be an alternative to the mainstream left-right political paradigm, has plans to initiate a transition to a more sustainable and equitable economy – and green taxation is central to their agenda. The group aims to step up efforts to implement Environmental Fiscal Reform […]

From Challenge to Opportunity:  Assessment of Country Reports and proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations in support of the European Semester Cycle

From Challenge to Opportunity: Assessment of Country Reports and proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations in support of the European Semester Cycle

2016 marked a turning point in the global policy agenda. The EU’s decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement proved that Member States and the EU Commission can work together and show international leadership. The EU and its Member States are committed to keeping temperature rises to “well below” 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit increases to 1.5°C by cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in […]

Communicating Green Own Resources: A New Narrative for the EU Budget

Communicating Green Own Resources: A New Narrative for the EU Budget

This study commissioned by Helga Trüpel, Ernest Maragall, Monika Vana and Indrek Tarand, members of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, examines sustainability-oriented means of financing the EU budget and provides a set of arguments in favour of specific green own resource candidates. The Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) necessitate a paradigm shift in various social and economic areas. The EU budget with its […]

Winter Package: Capacity mechanism rules must better account for carbon intensity

Winter Package: Capacity mechanism rules must better account for carbon intensity

Commission has made some progress on carbon intensity – but needs to go much further On 30 November, the European Commission published its Winter Package [1] – a set of legislative proposals aimed at boosting renewable energy and security of supply. Part of the legislation seeks to shape Member State law on capacity mechanisms for energy production, and the Commission has acted firmly to prevent market distortion, and allow electricity […]

Social equity must be central to new household water charges in Ireland

Social equity must be central to new household water charges in Ireland

As debate grows over how to protect and manage water services in Ireland, GBE highlights the need for a fair pricing structure that reduces waste and supports households equitably. An expert commission tasked with determining the best approach to fund domestic public water services in Ireland is shortly expected to outline its conclusions. The protection, management and maintenance of water services has been a key point of political debate in […]

Without a tax, nutrients worth 25% of the CAP budget are lost to water and air every year

Without a tax, nutrients worth 25% of the CAP budget are lost to water and air every year

It’s startling to think that fertilizer worth 25% of the CAP budget is lost to water and air, bringing with it a wide array of environmental problems, perhaps the most visible of which is eutrophication – which typically leads to a slimy green coating of algae which compromises far too many of our lakes and rivers. However, an EU-wide tax on artificial fertilizer would reduce these losses, first by boosting […]

Ireland worst in world for diesel car sales; tax reform overdue

Ireland worst in world for diesel car sales; tax reform overdue

Budget 2017 provides a vital opportunity to re-balance car sales, cut air pollution, and improve health Irish people buy the most new diesel cars in the world. Car sales data shows diesel cars account for 7 out of 10 of all new cars sold in Ireland. “Globally, Europe is a diesel island. In the US and Japan diesel cars account for less than 5% of new sales. Europe, where diesel […]

France warned off Carbon Price Floor in July 2016 report

France warned off Carbon Price Floor in July 2016 report

A report published in mid July [1] warned France away from replicating the UK’s Carbon Price Floor. The Carbon Price Floor in the UK stands at about €25 per tonne and applies to all electricity generation. The authors of the report – Pascal Canfin (now director of WWF France), Alain Grandjean (former leader of the national debate on the energy transition), and Gérard Mestrallet (former CEO of energy company Engie) […]

Tax diesel cars based on air pollution

Tax diesel cars based on air pollution

New report by UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources for Green Budget Europe outlines options for fiscal reform “Fumes from diesel cars kill people, however indirectly – even from newly-manufactured models”, said James Nix, Director of Green Budget Europe, the non-profit organisation which has commissioned a new report titled: Tackling air pollution from diesel cars through tax: options for the UK. “The governing EU regulation was weak before the 23 June referendum and, […]

BREXIT: The mother of all uncertainties

BREXIT: The mother of all uncertainties

A Note from Paul Ekins Director of UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London & Chairman of Green Budget Europe Advisory Committee     So the British people have voted by a margin of around 4%, a little more than 1 million votes, to leave the European Union (EU). Where this will lead lies somewhere between two absolutely contrasting scenarios. On the positive side, we can imagine that the […]