Published October 5, 2018

Harnessing economic instruments to tackle the climate crisis (summary)

This is a summary of the report on the experiences of Finland in applying economic instruments in climate policy

Why?

Considering the fast pace required to reduce GHG emissions, the most effective policies or policy packages are required to accelerate emission reductions. Economic instruments can efficiently reduce emissions and raise fiscal revenue while supporting innovations, but good policy design is essential.

How?

This brief report summarises the main national economic instruments used in Finland that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and what we know of their (potential) impacts on emissions, fiscal balances and innovations.

What?

The list of instruments covered in the report is not comprehensive but includes the most important ones.

Tax instruments and payments

  • CO2 tax for motor fuels, coal and gas
  • Energy content tax (also electricity)
  • Annual vehicle and new car sales tax
  • Waste tax and excise duty on beverage packaging

Subsidies and other instruments

  • Blending requirement (10% biofuel) for motor fuels
  • Feed-in tariff for renewable energy
  • Energy Aid programmes

Publication details

Title

Harnessing Economic Instruments to Tackle the Climate Crisis (summary)

Place of publication

Helsinki

Year of publication

2018

Publisher

Sitra

Outlook

4 p.

ISBN (paperback)

978-952-347-072-9

ISBN (PDF)

978- 952-347-071-2

Subject

climate change, emissions, taxes, subsidies, carbon tax, carbon, policy, policy design, policy instruments, transportation, renewable energy, waste tax, biofuels

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