Environmental Tax Reform (ETR): A Policy for Green Growth

Hardcover | May 7, 2011

EditorPaul Ekins, Stefan Speck

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Many people have serious concerns about the environment and wonder whether solving environmental problems is compatible with continuing economic growth. This book provides an in-depth exploration of a proposed reform to the national tax system, whereby the burden of taxes is shifted fromconventional taxes, such as those levied on labour and capital, to taxes on environmentally related activities, that involve resource use, particularly energy, or environmental pollution. There is some experience of such 'environmental tax reform' (ETR) in Europe, and the book briefly reviews thisbefore considering how a more ambitious ETR in Europe could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and material flows through the economy, while stimulating innovation and investment in the key 'clean and green' sectors of the economy which seem likely to play an increasing part in thecreation of prosperity in Europe and elsewhere in the future. Case studies of renewable energy, construction, fuel-efficient vehicles, and waste management in Germany show how these fast-growing sectors are making an increasing contribution to employment, output, and exports in the German economy, while improving the environment. The book explores theimplications of introducing it on a much wider scale throughout the European Union. A unique modelling exercise, using two macroeconomic models, delivers varied and complementary insights into the economic and environmental results of a large-scale ETR in Europe, and its effects on and implicationsfor the rest of the world. The modelling suggests that such a policy has a key role in the achievement of Europe's targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and, if implemented with cooperative policy in other countries, could significantly reduce global emissions.The book is essential and hopeful reading for anyone who has wondered how, with today's intensifying environmental challenges, economic growth could become more environmentally sustainable.

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Many people have serious concerns about the environment and wonder whether solving environmental problems is compatible with continuing economic growth. This book provides an in-depth exploration of a proposed reform to the national tax system, whereby the burden of taxes is shifted fromconventional taxes, such as those levied on labou...

Paul Ekins holds a PhD in economics from the University of London and is Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He has extensive experience consulting for business, government, and international organisations. In 1994 he received a Global 500 Award 'for outstanding environmental achievement' from the United Nations Environment ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199584508

ISBN - 13:9780199584505

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The Need and Rationale for Environmental Tax Reform1. Paul Ekins: Introduction to the Issues and the Book2. Stefan Giljum, Christian Lutz, Ariane Jungnitz, Martin Bruckner, Friedrich Hinterberger: European Resource Use and Resource Productivity in a Global Context3. Paolo Agnolucci: Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions in the German and British Industrial Sectors4. Paolo Agnolucci: Is Environmental Tax Reform an Appropriate Policy for Industrial Sectors with Different Energy Intensities? An Analysis of UK Sub-SectorsExperiences in Environmental Tax Reform5. Stefan Speck, Philip Summerton, Daniel Lee, Kirsten Wiebe: Environmental Taxes and ETRs in Europe: The Current Situation and a Review of the Modelling Literature6. Petr Sauer, Ondrej Vojacek, Jaroslav Klusak, Jarmila Zimmermannova: Introducing Environmental Tax Reform: the Case of the Czech Republic7. Paolo Agnolucci: The Effect of the German and UK Environmental Tax Reforms on the Demand for Labour and EnergyA European ETR for Growth and Sustainability8. Terry Barker, Christian Lutz, Bernd Meyer, and Hector Pollitt: Models for Projecting an ETR9. Terry Barker, Christian Lutz, Bernd Meyer, Hector Pollitt, and Stefan Speck: Modelling an ETR for Europe10. Daniel Blobel, Holger Gerdes, Hector Pollitt, Jennifer Barton, Thomas Drosdowski, Christian Lutz, Marc Ingo Wolter and Paul Ekins: Implications of ETR in Europe for Household Distribution11. Stefan Giljum, Christian Lutz, Christine Polzin: Global Economic and Environmental Impacts of an ETR in Europe12. Martin Janicke and Roland Zieschank: ETR and the Environment IndustryConclusions13. Paul Ekins and Stefan Speck: ETR for Green Growth: Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations