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, hosted a hands-on workshop which addressed 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?
Participants shared 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 learnt 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.
Presentations from the Workshop