Carbon taxes are one of the most effective carbon pricing instruments to address carbon emissions. For finance ministries, they serve as an administratively easy and self-sustainable resource for mobilizing domestic revenues whilst ensuring compliance with climate change commitments.
On October 3-4, Sweden, one of the global leaders in implementing a successful national carbon tax, will host a hands-on workshop which would address key questions that arise when considering carbon taxation, including:
- What is carbon pricing?
- How can we make carbon tax administration easy?
- How can we address competitiveness?
- Political economy issues (How best do we compensate vulnerable groups by increased energy prices?)
- How can we increase public acceptance and design feasible policy packages?
Country representatives and researchers will make short introductions in each session, followed by discussions among the participants. The sessions will focus on practical solutions available instead of theoretical examples. A more detailed program will be announced in August, when invitations will be sent out.
Participants are encouraged to share their experiences of addressing carbon tax-related problems in their countries. This will showcase the wide range of policy design measures available to help countries tackle challenges in a way that take specific national conditions into account.
By discussing different country examples, participants will learn from each other and can create a better understanding of how a cost-effective carbon tax can work in different national contexts. A solid foundation of understanding is an essential platform for continued work within the Coalition towards measures that result in effective carbon pricing.