This webinar is organised to launch the study commissioned by EEB and conducted by Eunomia on Circular Taxation looking at how fiscal reform can reduce resource use and speed up the transition to a circular economy.
The objectives of the study, authored by Eunomia, are to research, analyse and provide recommendations on the implementation of circular taxation in European countries to incentivise the quick and efficient transition to a circular economy and the reduction in resource use.
Fiscal reform is a catalyst in changing consumer and producer behaviour, and it is an important tool in nudging a shift in business models. The adoption of appropriate fiscal instruments within the EU could enable the application of the necessary incentives for a more circular economy, whilst safeguarding public revenue streams and ensuring social equity.
The report develops a definition of circular tax, differentiating it from the broader term of environmental taxation, and instead focusing on reducing resource consumption with the goal of staying within planetary boundaries. The concept of circular taxation thus moves the discussion on from simply ‘getting the prices right’ to using taxation as an effective and efficient means of achieving specific societal objectives.
The webinar will offer to opportunity to present and discuss the definition of circular taxes, the study results as well as the recommendations for the design and implementation of circular taxation instruments at EU, national and local level.
14.30 – 14.40 Participants joining & welcome by moderator: Marco Musso, Policy Officer on Fiscal Reform for Circular Economy & Carbon Neutrality (EEB)
14.40 – 15.00 Presentation of study design and results: Tanzir Chowdhury, Principal Economist at Eunomia Research & Consulting
15.00– 15.45 Reactions by speakers:
Patrick Ten Brink, EEB Secretary General
Carola Maggiulli, Head of sector, Environmental, energy, transport taxation and FTT, European Commission, DG TAXUD
Frithjof Laubinger, Environmental Economist, OECD
15.45- 16.00 Interactive Q&A and debate with participants