Environmental Fiscal Challenges for Cities and Transport
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Environmental Fiscal Challenges for Cities and Transport

Edited by Marta Villar Ezcurra, Janet E. Milne, Hope Ashiabor and Mikael Skou Andersen

As populations become increasingly concentrated in urban centres and mega cities, while demands on transportation continue to grow, the question of how to mitigate the environmental footprint of these trends is ever more pressing. This comprehensive book demonstrates the potentially significant role of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments in meeting these challenges.
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Chapter 6: Fiscal policy for decarbonization of energy in Europe, with a focus on urban transport: case study and proposal for Spain

David Robinson, Pedro Linares Llamas, Xiral López-Otero and Renato Rodrigues


In this chapter, we argue that fiscal policy in Europe is not aligned with decarbonization and propose reforms to improve the alignment. We also report on a case study carried out to model the impact of implementing a version of the proposed fiscal reforms in Spain. The case study illustrates that the fiscal reforms are valuable, particularly in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. However, it also reveals the need for a transition plan to send effective investment signals and address the political economy frictions created when new technologies are being introduced, especially in the transport sector.

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