22 & 23 Sept 2016: 17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

22 & 23 Sept 2016: 17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

Green Budget Europe is one of the main sponsors of the 17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, which was held on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2016 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Over the past 16 years, the GCET conferences have materialized as a useful and important meeting place for experts and scholars from all parts of the world taking interest in experiences and insights relating to environmental taxation in a wide sense. This year, the GCET community explored a wide range of instrument mixes and topics extending from charges, fees, taxes, subsidies, tax expenditures, emissions trading, linking of emission trading systems, green fiscal reforms and budget constraints, and voluntary approaches from economic, legal and policy perspectives.

Green Budget Europe, in cooperation with  Green Fiscal Policy Network (GIZ, UNEP, IMF) and UN ECLAC, held a special workshop on the “Political Dynamics and the implementation of socially inclusive green fiscal reform”. This side event provided an opportunity for policy makers and experts to discuss topical issues related to the politics of implementing green fiscal reforms in industrialized, emerging and developing economies to support the transition to an inclusive green economy and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the event, Hans Vos, member of GBE’s Advisory Committee, received the Larry Kreiser Award for his outstanding work on green tax reform.

Below are some of the presentations from the conference.

The Energy Union and European SemesterConstanze Adolf, Vice-Director of GBE

The case for green own resources Constanze Adolf

The politics of CO2 taxation in small European states Mikael Skou Andersen, Aarhus University & GBE AdCom

Is there a place for policy instruments in the climate policy framework? Mikael Skou Andersen

Green Tax Reform in industrialising countries Jacqueline Cottrell, GBE Senior Policy Officer

Fiscal Considerations in the Design of Green Tax Reforms Kai Schlegelmilch,  President of Green Budget Germany (FÖS) & Vice-Chair of GBE AdCom




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