Environment Directorate

Environment working papers on environmental taxes

 

2014 Environmental and Related Social Costs of the Tax Treatment of Company Cars and Commuting Expenses
by Rana Roy

This paper builds upon a recent OECD paper on the personal tax treatment of company cars and commuting expenses in OECD member-countries and aims to arrive at a better understanding of the environmental and related social costs of the tax treatment described therein.
2014 Tax Preferences for Environmental Goals: Use, Limitations and Preferred Practices
James Greene, Nils-Axel Braathen

This paper reviews the use of tax preferences to achieve environmental policy objectives. Tax preferences involve using the tax system to adjust relative prices with a view to influencing producer or consumer behaviour in favour of goods or services that are considered to be environmentally beneficial.
2013 The political economy of British Columbia's Carbon Tax
by Prof. Kathryn Harrison

In July 2008, the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) launched North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax reform. The tax, which applied to all combustion sources of all fossil fuels, was introduced at a rate of CAD 10 per tonne of CO2, with a schedule for annual increases of CAD 5 per tonne of CO2 until the tax reached CAD 30 per tonne of CO2 in 2012. This paper reviews the political economy of the BC tax in three distinct periods – its origins, its survival in the face of political backlash, and its longer-term prospects.
2013 The Political Economy of Fuel Subsidies in Colombia
by Helena Garcia Romero, Laura Calderon Etter

Colombia has made progress towards eliminating fuel and diesel subsidies and reducing discretionary spaces allowing for artificially low fuel prices, but challenges remain. Colombia has provided explicit and implicit subsidies to gasoline and diesel since 1983, costing the government up to 1.6% of GDP. This paper discusses the political economy of fuel subsidies in the country to understand why reform has been so slow. It focuses on the groups benefitting from the subsidies and their political participation, as well as other economic impacts that have limited the political will to eliminate them.
2013 Ireland's Carbon Tax and the Fiscal Crisis
by Frank J. Convery, Louise Dunne, Deirdre Joyce

Beginning in late 2008, Ireland experienced a fiscal crisis. This paper describes the features of the 2010 carbon tax, recounts the story of its interplay between fiscal adjustment and helping meet the obligations to raise taxes, and implications for competitiveness and carbon leakage, environmental effectiveness and equity issues,
2012 Towards Consistent and Effective Carbon Pricing in Germany?
by Ivana Capozza, Joseph Curtin

Germany committed itself to challenging greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to 2020 and beyond. It has implemented a composite mix of policy measures to achieve its climate change mitigation goals, including a range of market-based instruments. This paper examines the carbon prices that have emerged from the implementation of three key market-based instruments in Germany: energy taxes, vehicle taxes and the EU Emissions Trading System.

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