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Carbon Tax: case of Denmark

One way, are carbon credits, voluntary or not. And another way are carbon taxes. Here the transcription of a quick video by the World Economic Forum.

  • Denmark just introduced the world’s strictest carbon tax

  • It could slash the country’s CO2 emissions by million tonnes a year

  • Companies will have to pay $159 for every tonne of CO2 they emit

  • That’s an extra $53 per tonne

  • On top of the $106 levied by the EU’s emissions-trading scheme

  • But how the carbon tax work?

  • The aim is to make companies pay for the climate damage they directly cause …

  • By their use of fossil-fuel energy

  • This incentivizes companies to clean up their act

  • A global carbon tax could reduce overall emissions by as much as 12,3%

  • Experts say carbon taxes pay for themselves, too

  • A levy of $49/tonne would generate $2.2 trillion for the US by 2028 …

  • According to a report by the US Treasury

  • And by reducing emissions today …

  • The tax can soften the impacts of climate change tomorrow

  • Saving money that would otherwise be spent on response and adaptation

  • 28 countries have so far implemented a carbon tax

  • But this approach has its challenges

  • Experts say these taxes can disproportionately hurt poorer people

  • They can be politically difficult to implement

  • And they only target one source of emissions: Fossil fuels

  • What do you think about carbon taxes ?

Click below for the quick video (in English). By the way, Brazil has already something similar (repeat, similar): have you heard about CBIOS. See this recent post.


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