63 policy makers, leading academics, businesses and civil society call for an innovative reform of the EU budget

63 policy makers, leading academics, businesses and civil society call for an innovative reform of the EU budget

The EU budget in its current form is not a driver of sustainable development – neither in terms of how revenues are raised, nor how they are spent.A reform of the budgetary system to address and overcome current complexities could green EU budgets and enhance the transparency and visibility of the EU. Ahead of the presentation of the final report of the High-Level Group on Own Resources chaired by Mario […]

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 […]

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, […]

Commission asks five Member States to transition their energy systems – without mentioning climate

Commission asks five Member States to transition their energy systems – without mentioning climate

Commission’s country-specific recommendations to Member States also miss the opportunity to achieve a tax shift to support Europe’s energy transition, action on climate and the Circular Economy The European Commission has urged Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and the UK to address energy investment shortfalls – but without noting the need for energy investment to match the global Climate Agreement concluded in Paris in December and signed last month. “The […]

Diesel cars worse for climate than petrol

Diesel cars worse for climate than petrol

It’s “next move Germany” where a diesel tax rise is needed to underpin investment in mass market hybrid and electric cars After global warming caused by black carbon – or soot – from diesel engines is counted, diesel cars do more climate harm than petrol. The finding – contradicting claims by diesel-dominated car-makers – is contained in a briefing for members of the European Parliament by Dr Eckard Helmers [1], […]

The wealthy should pay for climate finance – starting with air travel

The wealthy should pay for climate finance – starting with air travel

Pledges to low-income countries don’t come close to the €150bn a year that’s needed for climate finance. A great many ad-hoc pledges have been made in the run-up to the Paris climate conference. While a number of different funds have been created, there is still no long-term revenue-raising mechanism to finance low-income countries to transition their energy systems and adapt over the medium and long term. Starting with air travel, […]

Member States discuss harmful subsidies on Mon 26 Oct – but none are meeting their commitments

Member States discuss harmful subsidies on Mon 26 Oct – but none are meeting their commitments

No real progress towards reform in the first half of 2015 according to a new analysis by Green Budget Europe. However, Belgium and France have taken significant steps over the last month Member States meet in Luxembourg on Monday [26 Oct] to discuss progress on removing environmentally harmful subsidies. However, the common EU process to track and cut subsidies is not being used by any Member State, and overall very […]

Fossil fuel subsidies of EU Presidency holder – Luxembourg – worst in EU going into Paris climate negotiations

Fossil fuel subsidies of EU Presidency holder – Luxembourg – worst in EU going into Paris climate negotiations

Luxembourg, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, is responsible for the EU’s highest per-capita level of fossil fuel subsidies. At €3,415 per person every year, Luxembourg’s fossil fuel subsidies are nearly one thousand euro higher than the next worst country, Bulgaria, at €2,479 per person, according to a recent IMF study [1]. €3,415 a year: Luxembourg’s level of fossil fuel subsidies per person Drawing attention to the data, Green Budget […]

New organisation will promote environmentally sound tax policy in Europe

New organisation will promote environmentally sound tax policy in Europe

Today saw the establishment in Brussels of Green Budget Europe (GBE) – an independent organization that will promote an environmentally sound tax policy in Europe. The new organisation will be headed by James Nix, formerly Director of Irish NGO An Taisce. “The establishment of GBE comes at a crucial time, as Europe is searching a way out of its multiple economic, fiscal and environmental crises. A strategy to shift taxes […]