About: environment taxation

Hans Bruyninckx: Green taxation ‘not really happening’ in Europe

Despite a “massive” body of research showing green taxation makes sense from an environmental and economic perspective, few countries are actually taking the step forward, says Hans Bruyninckx.

EU Commission is blinded by fake science

Much of the data on which the EU Commission bases its policy-making on reducing harmful emissions is fake, writes Dick Roche.

Brexit 04-06-2015

UK’s Green VAT ruled illegal by EU judges

European Union judges today (4 June) told the United Kingdom its lower rate of value-added tax (VAT) for home energy efficiency renovation is illegal.

A coal plant in Datteln, Germany. [Arnold Paul/Commons].

Shift taxes from labour to environment, EEA tells ministers

Hans Bruyninckx, the director of the European Environment Agency, has urged ministers to carry out fiscal reforms, such as moving tax from labour to activities that damage the environment.

Eurostat: Households footing bill for green taxes

In most EU countries, the highest share of environmental tax revenue comes from households, with Denmark at the top of the rankings.

‘Green’ taxation in a recession

As governments face up to the challenge of moving towards a low-carbon economy in the midst of a recession, the tax system "can be a powerful device for changing behaviour," argues the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in an August policy paper.

Climate change 30-03-2007

Commission launches debate on ‘green’ tax reform

Shifting tax burdens from labour to environmentally damaging activities is one of the main options of a new Green Paper launched on 28 March by Commissioners Dimas and Kovacs.

Climate change 20-03-2007

EU seeks to fight climate change with taxes

The Commission will on 28 March 2007 present ideas for 'green taxes' to save energy and cut greenhouse-gas emissions. It says that such an ecological tax reform could increase the bloc's competitiveness by shifting the burden away from labour taxes.

Climate change 19-03-2002

Commission to propose action plan for green technology

On 13 March, the European Commission issued a report that describes the potential of green technology, identifies the present market barriers, and gives directions for future actions. The report is a first step towards a Community action plan for environmental technology, which is expected before the end of 2002.