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domr Dec 22, 2011 01:43 AM

I read the EEA Technical report No 17/2011: Environmental tax reform in Europe: opportunities for eco-innovation. You conclude this report with the information that the EU will need a rich mix of policies to reach its environmental goals. Could you please be more specific in determining what further research is needed in that field?


Thank you very much for your answer.

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EEA Dec 22, 2011 02:28 PM

Due to the holidays, the EEA is closed between December 23rd and January 3rd. We will get back to you with an answer as soon as possible in the new year.

Thank you for your patience - and happy holidays!
EEA Jan 05, 2012 10:17 AM
Hello again,

Thanks a lot for your query. The report is the outcome of a project commissioned by the EEA. The reports studied the implications of an environmental tax reform (ETR) and the idea was to study different options how the revenues generated from a carbon price can be recycled back to the economy. The results show that using some of the revenues to support renewables energies would be good for the economy (see the results presented in Table 3.1). These results can only provide rather general findings as they are based on macro-econometric models. It is clear that country-specific conditions cannot be fully captured by this modelling framework and therefore more research would be needed in considering these country specific conditions. For example, support for renewable energy should be based on the geographical conditions of EU member states, i.e. solar in southern European. The report also spells out that 2020 GHG emission reduction target of 20 per cent was achieved by domestic measures solely, i.e. the reduction potential of CDM/JI measures were not taken into account. This aspect is addressed in the conclusion that the EU needs a mix of policies covering ETR, financial support for renewable, etc.

We hope this is helpful!