Carbon taxes are one of the most effective carbon pricing instruments to address carbon emissions. For finance ministries, they serve as an administratively easy and self-sustainable resource for mobilizing domestic revenues whilst ensuring compliance with climate change commitments.

On October 3-4, Sweden, one of the global leaders in implementing a successful national carbon tax, hosted a hands-on workshop which addressed key questions that arise when considering carbon taxation, including:

  • What is carbon pricing? 
  • How can we make carbon tax administration easy?
  • How can we address competitiveness?
  • Political economy issues (How best do we compensate vulnerable groups by increased energy prices?)
  • How can we increase public acceptance and design feasible policy packages?

Workshop focus

Participants shared their experiences of addressing carbon tax-related problems in their countries. This will showcase the wide range of policy design measures available to help countries tackle challenges in a way that take specific national conditions into account.

By discussing different country examples, participants learnt from each other and can create a better understanding of how a cost-effective carbon tax can work in different national contexts. A solid foundation of understanding is an essential platform for continued work within the Coalition towards measures that result in effective carbon pricing.


Workshop Summary Note

Follow-up Letter to Coalition Members


Presentations from the Workshop

How Carbon Taxation Can Help Countries Achieve Their Sustainable Development Goals

Carbon tax – the Swedish way

Multilateral Convention on Enabling Jet Fuel Taxation

Carbon Taxation in Canada - Impact of Revenue Recycling

What affects the public’s acceptance of CO2-taxes

South Africa's Carbon Tax

Addressing Competitiveness Concerns from Carbon Pricing

Carbon Tax in Aviation - Norway

Carbon Tax in Colombia

Carbon Tax Keynote

Carbon Taxation in France

Dutch Perspective on Taxing Aviation

Fossil fuel tax in Costa Rica

Lessons from the Carbon Tax in Chile