Economic Instruments for a Low-carbon Future
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Economic Instruments for a Low-carbon Future

Edited by Theodoros Zachariadis, Janet E. Milne, Mikael Skou Andersen and Hope Ashiabor

Critically assessing recent developments in environmental and tax legislation, and in particular low-carbon strategies, this timely book analyses the implementation of market-based instruments for achieving climate stabilisation objectives around the world.
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Chapter 9: Study on carbon emission reduction effect of environmental protection tax in China

Long Feng, Ge Chazhong, Bi Fenfen and Qin Changbo


On January 1, 2018, China had officially implemented Environmental Protection Tax (EPT) Law and started to collect EPT from polluting industrial sources. With the Chinese governmental institutional reform being taken last year, CO2 control has been delegated to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment from the National Development and Reform Commission, making it possible for the co-benefit of controlling CO2 and conventional pollutants so as to realize carbon emission reduction and low carbon development. Does the EPT Law contribute to carbon emission reduction and eventually low carbon development in China? This chapter presents a conceptual analysis, a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model analysis and a power sector case study to find out the relationship between EPT and CO2 emissions and make policy recommendation accordingly.

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