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Energy Tax and Regulatory Policy in Europe: Reform Priorities

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  • Parry, Ian
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    (International Monetary Fund)

  • Pittel, Karen
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    (Ifo Institute, Centre for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources)

  • Vollebergh, Herman
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    (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)

Abstract

The European Union (EU) faces critical challenges in energy policy making, the most pressing of which are how to achieve the deep greenhouse gas reductions promised at the December 2015 UN Conference of the Parties in Paris, and how this effort can be coordinated with already existing policies. Energy policy is primarily a member state responsibility, and policy makers need an overarching view of the main issues in energy policy and their interaction with environmental policies. This volume aims to fill this need, offering concise introductions to some of the major issues as well as practical suggestions for policy making. The contributors discuss reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), the world’s largest carbon market; ways to improve the operation and integration of the EU’s power grids, in terms of both supply and demand; changes to the EU’s Energy Tax Directive, which sets tax floors for fuels outside the ETS; the coordination of climate policies with policies to promote renewables and energy efficiency; research into clean technology; challenges to shale gas development; and transportation policy and the need for action on such externalities as traffic congestion. Finally, contributors consider obstacles to reform, including its potential effects on vulnerable households and energy-intensive industries. Contributors Mikael Skou Andersen, Niels Anger, Bruno De Borger, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Jos Delbeke, Ottmar Edenhofer, Christian Flachsland, Beatriz Gaitan, Polona Gregorin, Cameron Hepburn, Alan Krupnick, Andreas Löschel, Claudio Marcantonini, Felix Christian Matthes, Paul Nahmmacher, Ian Parry, Karen Pittel, David Popp, Stef Proost, Christina Roolfs, Bert Saveyn, Oliver Schenker, Stephen Smith, Alexander Teytelboym, Kurt Van Dender, Herman Vollebergh, Nils-Henrik M. von der Fehr, Zhongmin Wang, Georg Zachmann

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  • Parry, Ian & Pittel, Karen & Vollebergh, Herman (ed.), 2017. "Energy Tax and Regulatory Policy in Europe: Reform Priorities," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262036398, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262036398
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    Keywords

    environmental policy; policymakers; reform; regulation; European Union; EU; economics; environment;

    JEL classification:

    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • M48 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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