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Tackling air pollution from diesel cars through tax: options for the UK

30th June 2016 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

On June 30th, Green Budget Europe, in collaboration with University College London’s (UCL) Institute for Sustainable Resources, organised a roundtable event in London to present its new report: “Tackling air pollution from diesel cars through tax: options for the UK“.

The event was hosted by Prospect Magazine, and involved a wide range of stakeholders from campaigners and members of civil society to academics and policy makers.

Discussions revolved around the main findings outlined in the study, including the potential effectiveness of taxing diesel cars according to their NOx emissions,  the feasibility of implementing an additional tax reform in conjunction the Vehicle Excise Duty, and the use of revenue generated by these measures.

Attendees included:

  • the authors of the report, namely Professor Paul Ekins (also chair of GBE Advisory Committee) and Paul Drummond from UCL,
  • Baroness Parminter, Deputy Leader in the Lords & Spokesperson for Environment and Rural Affairs,
  • Simon Birkett, Director of Clean Air London,
  • Andrea Lee, Healthy Air Campaigner at Client Earth,
  • Areeba Hamid from Greenpeace,
  • Richard Dilks, Transport Programme Director at London First,
  • Ruth Calderwood, Environmental Policy Officer for the City of London,
  • Poppy Lyle, Senior Policy and Project Officer on Air Quality for Greater London Authority, and
  • James Nix and Rozan Consten, respectively Director and Policy Officer at Green Budget Europe

Download full report and executive summary

Download Press Release


30th June 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Category:


Green Budget Europe
University College London’s (UCL) Institute for Sustainable Resources


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