Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for CO2 tax

As of January 1, 2010, France was supposed to have launched its ecological tax reform, under which fossil energy would be taxed at increasingly higher rates and taxes on income and would be lowered correspondingly. On December 27th, the Conseil d`Etat has, however, declared the envisaged legislation as unconstitutional, on the grounds that it contained… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In June 2009, the Swedish prime minister had suggested member states to introduce C02 taxes as an additional instrument for tackling climate change. But neither the Swedish Presidency nor the Commission followed up on this suggestion. So far only two member states seem have on their own decided to prepared to go ahead with C02… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Against all odds, France is rapidly taking the pole position among EU member countries in the battle against climate change. It was under the French EU Presidency in the second half of 2008 that the EU succeeded in adopting its climate packing providing for a 20 percent reduction of its green house gas emissions by… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein