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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 »

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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 »

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About this site

Better name for this site

Hey all, I'm wondering if the 'Sustainable Economy Ideas Index' is a bit too wordy. What are some alternatives? Sustainable econopedia? Greeneconopedia? Sustainapedia? Econogreen? Eco2 Ideas Hub?

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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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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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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 »

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Polluting Car Tax - An Alternative to Luxury Car Tax

What it is? A Polluting Car Tax to replace the Luxury Car Tax that is in place in Australia today. The Polluting Car Tax would increase the cost of cars that damage the environment, and encourage consumers to buy cars that have a less significant effect on the environment. Who proposes it? The Green group, Total Environment Centre How it works? The Polluting Car Tax scheme can, like a feebate system, be successful ...more »

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ROAD USER CHARGE: ENVIRONMENT IMPACT TAX

What the tax is? The Federal Government is considering introducing a new policy to tax the owners of vehicles based on the damage done by the vehicle to the environment. Who recommends it? The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) In the submission by AAA they explain their recommendations for a road user charge for all vehicles regardless of their size. This user charge is different to heavy vehicle tax as ...more »

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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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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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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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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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