COP18: Carbon taxes can efficiently transform energy systems
Kjell Andersson , World Bioenergy Association
From Qatar: COP18 UN Climate Change Conference 2012
COP18 (29/11/12) – Kjell Andersson, Policy Advisor at the World Bioenergy Association, argues that bioenergy and carbon taxes are a key part of our solution to climate change.
Andersson explains that bioenergy is the leading fuel in Sweden and should be better rolled out internationally.
Andersson advocates the implementation of a global carbon tax. He asserts that polluters should pay the cost of the negative impact of fossil fuels and this is a good way of doing that.
Andersson argues that objections to carbon taxes are mainly political. He sees Sweden’s ‘tax switch’ – a lowering of income tax simultaneous to the implementation of a carbon tax – as a could way of getting around this.
Andersson closes by expressing his regret that Poland and the Czech Republic are blocking proposals for a Europe-wide minimum carbon tax.