Thursday, 8 October 2009

Ooh La La! New carbon tax for France

You may have missed this snippet of news in September regarding the French Governments plans to introduce a new carbon tax...

"France has stolen a march in the fight against climate change by announcing a new carbon tax on the use of oil, gas and coal.

The new tax will be introduced gradually from 2010 and will charge householders and businesses the equivalent of £15 per tonne of emitted CO2.

Most electricity in France is excluded from the carbon tax because it is nuclear generated, but the new tax is expected to generate billions of Euros in revenue nonetheless.

In response to critics who say the tax is simply a prop for the country’s damaged finances, French President Nicolas Sarkozy insists the new tax is all about changing consumer habits and cutting energy consumption."

You can read the full article, which includes some useful comparison figures (before and after tax) on consumption, by clicking here.

photo credit: eustaquio

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