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Newsletter - July 2016

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

Read about Brexit, air pollution, EU energy policy and much more in this month's edition!

Brexit: the mother of all uncertainties

Paul Ekins, Chair of GBE Advisory Committee and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, opens this edition of the newsletter with his take on recent developments after the UK referendum. 

See letter

#dieselgate: what taxes can do

University College London (UCL) and GBE present a new report outlining options for the UK to tackle air pollution from diesel cars through tax.

See report
See coverage in the Guardian
See presentation at Prospect event in London

Meanwhile, as the political deadlock in Spain continues after the 26 June elections, Madrid has joined a group of cities asking for stronger air quality targets.

See press release

The European Semester

A new policy briefing published by GBE explains the role of the European Semester and why it is important to advocate for the inclusion of low-carbon objectives related to climate and energy policy.

See policy briefing
See op-ed in EU Umweltbuero (EN, page 7)

Energy Union update

The Commission is currently discussing with Member States a draft template for prospective "National Energy and Climate Plans" (NECPs) for the period after 2020. Building on existing governance frameworks, such as national climate programmes, national plans for renewable energy and energy efficiency, the NECPs will be key to deliver the integrated planning and reporting processes of the Energy Union governance by the end of 2018.

See draft
See 2016 Country-Specific Recommendations

To understand what is at stake and why it is important to build a coherent and reliable Energy Union governance system, see GBE's analysis.

Energy Union's 2016 timeline (click to enlarge)


Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Pressure mounts on G20 as over 200 NGOs, including GBE, sign a letter urging governments to establish a deadline for the phase out of fossil fuel subsidies. 

See letter

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What we're reading

Carbon Pricing Watch 2016 (World Bank 2016)

Towards clean and smart mobility (EEA 2016)

Regressivity of environmental taxation: myth or reality? (European Commission 2012)
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