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#4 | July 2016

What can we expect and what we cannot from landfill and incineration taxes?

Ignasi Puig Ventosa (ENT)

Most European countries have landfill taxes in place for municipal waste. Some also have incineration taxes [1] [2]. These taxes are set either at national or regional level, and are normally paid by Local Authorities. By increasing the perceived cost of landfills and incinerators, other more ecologically friendly solutions are seen in comparison as relatively cheaper alternatives. Therefore, these taxes encourage Local Authorities to adopt strategies to divert waste from landfills and incinerators, which according to their local capacities normally means improving separate collection of biowaste and recyclables, and stabilising non-separately collected waste before disposal (e.g. via mechanical-biological plants).

The effectiveness of these taxes is without doubt and they normally constitute a central piece of the waste management strategies of the countries or regions that have them in place, more so in the cases where their revenue is earmarked and dedicated to implementing preventive waste policies.

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Flipster-EBSCO Agreement for the distribution of Ecología Política journal
The presentation by Ignasi Puig and Sergio Sastre accepted at the Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
Publications
New issue of Ecología Política dedicated to Latin America
New book of Jaume Freire (ENT) on energy efficiency and rebound effect
Projects

Fundació ENT will start a new H2020 project on innovative valorization of urban biowaste

From this September 2016 to August 2020 Fundació ENT will participate in a new research project called “Decisive”: DECentralIzed management Scheme for Innovative Valorization of urban biowastE.

Jaume Freire (ENT) begins the research project METRES at Harvard University

The project, called METRES (Modelling Environmental Tax Reform in Spain), aims at evaluating the double dividend hypothesis of environmental taxation in Spain. To do this, he will develop an Intertemporal General Equilibrium Model to assess the economic and the environmental effects of an Environmental Tax Reform and of some of the main environmental taxes in Spain at different administrative levels, as well as various proposed policy reforms.
 

Upcoming events
17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation - Smart instrument mixes in a greening economy

Event: International conference organized by Groningen University.
Place and date: Groningen (Netherlands). 22nd-23rd September 2016.
Description: Ignasi Puig will present “The wasted potential of municipal waste charges in Spain”.
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DECISIVE Kick Off meeting

Event: partner's meeting.
Place and date: Rennes (France). 5th-6th September 2016.
Breu descripció: Three members of ENT Fundació will attend the kick-off meeting of the DECISIVE project, where the different working packages and the coordination and communication strategies will be discussed.
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