OECD: governments should make better use of energy taxation to address climate change; “meaningful” increases limited to road sector
Green Car Congress
FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Taxes are effective at cutting harmful emissions from energy use, but governments could make better use of them. Tax rates were below the low-end estimate of climate costs (EUR 30/tCO 2 ) for 97% of emissions. The report assesses the magnitude and coverage of taxes on energy use in 2015, and considers change between 2012 and 2015. Comparing taxes between 2012 and 2015 yields a disconcerting result. In road transport, 97% of emissions are taxed.