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GBE brings you the latest news on green tax reform across Europe.

New proposals could favour lower VAT on energy-saving products

The European Parliament is to decide on proposals that could bring lower VAT on energy-saving products. However, the green element is still missing, says GBE.

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Environmental Fiscal Reform

As Eurostat releases its latest data on green taxes, GBE highlights the need for Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR) and a carbon price floor in the EU.

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France to prepare carbon price floor
EFR in Germany: a case study for Cyprus

Designing a Governance System for the Energy Union

The EU is still far from reaching an agreement on the Energy Union Governance System. Meanwhile, energy policy has disappeared from the European Semester, known as the main governance tool to monitor the progress of the Economic and Monetary Union.

See policy briefing

GBE offers an analysis of and recommendations for governance questions surrounding the Energy Union, suggesting that the European Semester Process could serve as a suitable model.

See Advocacy Toolkit

Laggard of the month: Ireland

Ireland is the second worst in Europe for climate change emissions with a 10% overshoot expected by 2020.

See James Nix’ presentation  

In the meantime, Ireland’s main political forces battle over water charges, which may soon be suspended.

Water charges in Ireland

World Bank & IMF Spring Meetings

There is growing global momentum to put a price on carbon pollution, World Bank and IMF conclude following their annual Spring Meetings.

Carbon Pricing: Building on the Momentum of the Paris Agreement

Energy Subsidy Reform: Country Experiences and Progress Made

GBE Network

GBE would like to welcome Nina Renshaw (European Public Health Alliance), Carlos Calvo Ambel (Transport&Environment), Björn Klusmann (Green Budget Germany) and Theodoros Zachariadis (Cyprus University of Technology) to its Board. They will replace Jos Dings (Transport&Environment), now Ambassador, and Eike Meyer (GIZ), whom we would like to thank for all their amazing work.  

Kai Schlegelmilch–Founder and Vice-Chair of GBE’s Advisory Committee–has been elected President of Green Budget Germany. The GBE team wishes him all the best in his new role!

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James Nix, Director

What we're reading

Methodology and results from one-way coupling of an energy–environment–economy (E3MG) and atmospheric chemistry model (p-TOMCAT) in decarbonising scenarios for Mexico to 2050 (Barker 2010)
 
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