Green Budget Europe - Newsletter - February 2016
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Newsletter - Feb 2016

Two months into the new year, GBE brings you the latest news on green tax reform across Europe.

We would also like to welcome Carlo Carraro (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) and Sarianne Tikkanen (University of Helsinki) to our Advisory Committee, and remind you that we are hiring!

#dieselgate: what taxes can do

Diesel cars – already under fire for their impact on air pollution – are intensifying, rather than mitigating, global warming. The solution, as GBE outlined at a hearing in the European Parliament, is to end the preferential tax treatment diesel enjoys in the EU.
Read about the latest developments in diesel taxes across Europe in 2016:
  • Belgium increases diesel tax by 4 cents/L in 2016,  equalising diesel and petrol taxes by 2018
  • France increases diesel tax by 3.6 cents/L
  • Portugal to increase diesel tax by 6 cents/L – petrol tax also up
  • Spanish socialists hint at NOx tax – read about Spain’s new political pact
Meanwhile, the European Parliament agreed to weaken limits for NOx emissions from new diesel cars.

Greening the European Semester

GBE continues to advocate the phase-out of Environmentally Harmful Subsidies (EHSs) under the European Semester process.


Aviation accounts for 5% of global warming, yet the UN aviation body ICAO announced “weak” and “insufficient” agreement on a global fuel efficiency standard for new aircraft.

Time to tax nitrogen

A new report finds that nitrogen emissions have increased more than 10-fold over the past 150 years due to fertiliser use, contributing to deaths from air and water pollution.

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What we're reading

"Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution"  (RCP & RCPCH 2016)
The Diesel Differential: Differences in the Tax Treatment of Gasoline and Diesel for Road Use” (OECD 2014)

Diesel cars’ climate impacts not as beneficial as believed, scientists conclude” (Cames & Helmers 2013)

"Fiscal Policy Reforms for Climate Change" (GFPN 2016)

"Measuring inclusive green growth at the country level" (GGKP 2016)

"The future of energy technologies: an overview of expert elicitation" (GGKP 2016)
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