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Regulation

Regulation standards based on the most sustainable technologies available

"The German Best Available Technology legislation does not involve mandating specific technologies...Rather, the German government upwardly adjusts standards that industry has to meet based on the performances of the best and most cost effective available technologies.In theory, whenever a new and improved technology is created globally, German industry is expected to meet the environmental standard achieved by that technology. ...more »

Purchasing power

Green Public Procurement

---this is a stub--- The EU recently released guidelines on 'Public Procurement for a Better Environment'. In the introduction to the new guidelines the Commission noted: 'Each year European public authorities spend the equivalent of 16% of the EU Gross Domestic Product on the purchase of goods, such as office equipment, building components and transport vehicles; services, such as buildings maintenance, transport services, ...more »

Trade policy

Community partnerships to support local agricultural production

“Our natural heritage – including forests, fisheries, food, minerals and water - must be separated and protected from the entire trade liberalisation agenda. There should be no question, for example, of sensitive environmental sectors such as forests and fisheries being included in the WTO’s non- agricultural market access (NAMA) negotiations. Neither should energy and water services be included in its services agenda.” ...more »

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Information

Qualitative methods of government inquiry into social and environmental wellbeing and Progress - National Accounts of Wellbeing.

It is well documented that Gross Domestic Product, as a measure of societal wellbeing, is inefficient at examining societal welfare at the individual level. Unpaid time inputs and their associated outputs (including domestic labour) are unaccounted for, as are the costs to the natural economy of polluting industry, or the social costs of damaged familial and community relationships due to increased working hours. As ...more »

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Tax

Make investments in environmentally-friendly capital assets tax deductible

Where it's been tried: The Netherlands How it works: "Government expenditure under the conditions of the MIA scheme, that was introduced in mid-2000, increased from EUR 30 million in 2000 to a budgetted amount of EUR 39 million in 2001. The total amount of investment covered by the scheme was approximately EUR 635 million in 2001. The MIA came into effect in July 2000...entrepreneurs liable to tax can use the MIA to ...more »

Regulation

Decoupling Utilities: How to get utilities to encourage electricity efficiency

What is it? An important policy innovation to reduce electricity consumption and increase energy efficiency is decoupling utilities. This happens when the financial incentives facing utilities are changed and utilities’ profits are no longer tied to the volume it sells and profits are tied to the reduction of consumers’ electricity usage (Hirschland et al 2008). Who proposes it? The Rocky Mountains Institute How does ...more »

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Tax

IS THERE A RATIONALE FOR CONTINUING CONCESSIONAL TAX TREATMENT OF CARS AND CAR-RELATED FRINGE BENEFITS?

In Australia ‘No review of the tax treatment of cars and car-related benefits has been undertaken- despite recommendation from commonwealth inquiries and observation in 2008 by the National Transport Commission’s that ‘some taxes and subsidies create incentives that increase car use’’ and have a detrimental effect on the environment as a result. (The Community Tax Forum- Symposium- 19 & 20 May 2009) What the tax is? ...more »

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Tax

Environmental Tax Shifting - Carbon Tax Scheme

What is it? The proponents of the Carbon Tax Scheme intend to tax carbon dioxide polluters according to the social costs of carbon dioxide emissions. By taxing carbon dioxide emissions according to the cost of their externalities, mainly their contribution to global warming, the Carbon Tax Scheme aims to internalize the externalities of emissions into the price of products and services. This will make goods and services ...more »

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Insulation replacement is an investment in the future

If you want to choose a renovation project that will benefit you now and later, you might look deeper than the surface of your home. Homeowners more frequently think of the rooms they could add, the square footage they could utilize, the modern appliances they could purchase. However, things like updated plumbing, electricity, and insulation could also be beneficial, though their uses will be less tangible. Replacing ...more »

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Regulation

National Feed-In Tariffs to help renewables enter the market

What is it? Feed-in tariffs (FIT) are used to create a price mechanism to support the development of and demand for alternative sources of energy and encourage a transition towards renewable methods of energy generation. Electricity utilities are obligated to buy renewable electricity at above-market rates set by the government. An FIT should have a two pronged approach setting the price for renewable ...more »

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Tax

Vehicle Efficiency Incentives Feebates

Langer, T. 2005, Vehicle Effeciency Incentives: An Update on Feebates for States What is it: A sliding scale of fees and rebates for the purchase of new vehicles based on fuel consumption or emissions of greenhouse gases. The simplest structure sets the fee or rebate in proportion to the amount of fuel consumed by the vehicle per mile driven. How it works: Feebates shift the market towards green vehicles by providing ...more »

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Tax

The tax treament of capital investments in renewable energy: Accelerated Depreciation

What it is: Accelerated depreciation, refers to the capacity for selected industries to claim bigger tax deductions for the cost of their investments in new equipment in the early years of a project. This increases the after-tax profit earned by investors and, in turn, the likelihood of such investments taking place. In Australia today, mining and the airlines (both high emissions industries) are the ...more »

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Regulation

Feebates - use fees and rebates to encourage sustainable production and comsumption

Where it's been tried: Germany. And much of the rest of Europe, including Eastern Europe, have now followed Germany’s lead. What is it: Regulation in the form of feebates (a combination of fees and rebates). Feebates, very simply, combine both a fee on the most environmentally harmful brands of a certain product, whilst providing income to governments, allowing them to provide a rebate to encourage consumers to purchase ...more »

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About this site

Categories and organising the site

Seeing as we should get closer to working out categories before inviting more people on board, here's some I think are missing: * Agriculture * Infrastructure * Greening buildings Some more things for consideration... And what about things like setting national targets??? Where does that go as it is a key policy framework for all the other policies shifting to renewables and reducing greenhouse gases. It might also ...more »

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Trade policy

Easier Access to Clean-Tech Trade

Easier access to Clean-Tech Trade “There is very little debate on the need for a new green-energy economy…It is the basis of the future economic prosperity in the global world. There is no disagreement” (Stavros Dimas, China Daily, 2009). What is the Problem? The Global South bear the brunt of greenhouse gas emissions that are largely produced by the Global North and are often forced to yield ground on development. ...more »

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Tax

CONGESTION TAX -Getting cars off the road.

What's the idea? A new road pricing system which allows tax benefits to drivers who drive outside peak periods. Who recommends it? The Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) recommends that the government further encourage through tax credits, for people to catch public transport instead of driving their car to work. The reason for this recommendation stems from their recent research which indicates that ‘road transport ...more »

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Fiscal policy

The Green Bonds Initiative

What is it? Government backed financial instruments which aim to channel funds to renewable energy producers to create a more competitive renewable energy sector and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Who proposes it? Green Bonds Canada an Action Canada initiative How does it work? Green Bonds issued by private fund managers, eager to be perceived as ethical and green, to the public would raise funds to be channeled ...more »

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Regulation

Regulating our fisheries: promoting local ownership

Regulating our fisheries: promoting local ownership The problem: The privatisation of fisheries and allowing the market to decide who should own the right to fish is a serious problem. Private property rights regimes that are based on capital investment are not the solution to the world’s fisheries problems. Private property rights and market mechanisms will not ensure that fishing is sustainable, nor provide the quality ...more »

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Tax

Funds for Green Jobs Urgent.

It is beyond argument that climate change in Australia will not lose jobs and will in fact create millions more jobs as we transition to a more sustainable economy for the future, these jobs are called green jobs. 'The conservation NGO's estimates show that renewable energy, green transport and energy-efficient goods and services employ at least 3.4 million people in Europe. This compares favourably with 2.8 million jobs ...more »

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Tax

HECS Style Loan for Farmers

Abstract: Students currently studying at University in Australia are provided by the government with a HECS-loan (Higher Education Contribution Scheme). This loan scheme allows students to defer the debt incurred whilst studying and repay the debt later through the tax system. This provides financial cover until they have earnt approximately $38,000, if for some reason their income drops and they are earning less than ...more »

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Regulation

Work less, live more

What is it? A regulated four day work week initially established by the public sector and potentially extended to the private sector. Who supports it? The UK (National Work at Home Day), Utah State Government, USA How does it work? The four day work week aims to reconstruct the 40-hour week into four days: by starting earlier and staying later. Employer salaries are not cut and the total amount of time worked remains ...more »

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Fiscal policy

A Greener Government Piggy Bank

What is it? Public funds should incorporate best practice environmental, social and governance (ESG) guidelines into its investment decisions. This aligns the long term interests of the members, government policy and the environment. Who proposes it? The Australian Conservation Foundation How does it work? In recent years, it has become increasingly accepted that companies that engage in socially responsible behaviour ...more »

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Regulation

Cut Fuel Consumption Introduce mandatory fuel efficiency standards

Cut Fuel Consumption Introduce mandatory fuel efficiency standards What they are? At the moment, Australia’s car fleet is far behind Europe in fuel efficiency. New cars in Europe are 40% more efficient than new cars in Australia (Henry 2008). To address this fuel efficiency disparity, Australian governments should initiate a staged introduction of mandatory fuel efficiency standards that regulate the lowest level of ...more »

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Industry policy

A World without Coal

The coal industry today is both indirectly and directly subsidized by the NSW Government allowing our greenhouse gas emissions to severely increase every year, our major source of energy comes from this sector. ‘Australia has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the world’ (Diesendorf Chapter 3). The indirect subsidies include five separate categories, by indirectly subsidizing the coal industry the government ...more »

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