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The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The report argues that the impact of a transition towards a greener economy on labour markets will extend far beyond the creation of new green jobs, such as those related to renewable energy. This transition will create new opportunities for workers, but also new risks. The challenge for labour market and skill policies is to maximise the benefits for workers and help assure a fair sharing of adjustment costs, while also supporting broader green growth policies (e.g. by minimising skill bottlenecks).

 

This new OECD report also looks at the need to re-allocate workers from declining brown industries to growing green ones and demands serious reforms of the tax and benefit systems for workers.

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Q+A-How does the EU plan to reform energy tax? | Reuters

Progress on transport fuel tax changes to encourage energy efficiency and the use of greener sources is a priority of the Danish European Union presidency, which will be leading the bloc's discussions for the first half of this year.

 

Good Reuters article on the state-of-play of EU plans for changes in fuel taxation.

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Richard Branson calls for greener tax regime

Billionaire warns of “mother of all recessions” unless investment in renewable energy increases...
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Report: Green taxes key to tackling European deficits

Report: Green taxes key to tackling European deficits | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Green taxes should play a crucial role in tackling Europe's spiralling deficits, according to a major new report backed by some of the continent's political heavyweights.
The 160-page report from NGOs the European Climate Foundation and Green Budget Europe and consultancy Vivid Economics argues that carbon and energy taxes present an effective means of tackling greenhouse gas emissions and raising much-needed revenue, while having less of a negative impact on growth than conventional fiscal measure such as income taxes and VAT.

 

Interesting report sponsored by the European Climate Foundation. But what will the new revenues be spent on? The report also seems to skip to easily over the challenge of the regressive nature of such taxes (impact on poor households).

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Sarkozy’s Tobin Tax Push: Wooing French Voters and Annoying E.U. Leaders

Sarkozy’s Tobin Tax Push: Wooing French Voters and Annoying E.U. Leaders | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has a knack of vexing his European partners—and he’s demonstrated that talent again with his pledge to unilaterally impose a so-called "Tobin Tax" on financial market transactions in France if the rest of the debt-stricken European Union doesn’t collectively embrace the idea later this month.

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