The Dutch government looks to carbon tax

The Dutch government is to tax companies on their carbon emissions in an attempt to kerb outputs that are allowing the country to fall short of its targets.

The Dutch government is expected to outline proposals by the end of April having consulted with industry, lobby groups and ministers, but it will almost certainly plans will include a tax on carbon emissions in addition to the existing EU Emissions Trading System.

It is likely that such proposals will fall on heavy industries, and prime minister Mark Rutte said that ministers would look into bringing in a ‘sensible carbon tax’ – being sensitive to the opportunity for Dutch companies to move overseas or export carbon producing elements. The move by the Dutch government could be replicated across Europe as the ability to meet global targets becomes increasingly difficult without regulatory change.

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