Carbon Tax

Australian PM changes carbon tax ahead of election

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday he would transform a deeply unpopular carbon tax. Photo: Reuters

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday he will transform a deeply unpopular carbon tax a year ahead of schedule, in a bid to cut costs to households as a national election looms.

Tuesday, 16 July, 2013, 12:24pm

Green energy projects in limbo awaiting Australian poll outcome

Turbines at Infigen Energy's Capital Windfarm, which may get a A$180 million injection. Photo: Reuters

On a line of low hills beside a dry lake bed near Australia's capital, giant turbines turning slowly in a winter breeze give no hint of a multibillion-dollar storm building around renewable energy.

28 May 2013 - 3:19am

Beijing hopes carbon dioxide tax will help reduce pollution

Steam comes out of a heating plant in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Beijing will levy a tax on carbon dioxide emissions as part of new fiscal measures aimed at addressing the mainland's worsening pollution problem, a senior official at the Ministry of Finance said. Jia Chen, head of the ministry's tax policy division, wrote in an article published on the ministry's website that the central government should improve its consumption tax regime to help achieve its energy-saving and emission control goals.

20 Feb 2013 - 12:51pm 1 comment

Beijing applauds EU freeze on aviation carbon tax

China, along with the aviation industry, has applauded the European Union's suspension of its carbon tax. Photo: AFP

China, along with the aviation industry, has applauded the European Union's suspension of its carbon tax for one year on flights to and from non-EU countries. The tax faced bitter opposition from Beijing and the rest of Asia.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Incentives may work where a carbon tax fails

Incentives may work where a carbon tax fails. Photo: AP

As Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's experience with a carbon tax shows, often it is never easy to impose a tax on the vast majority of people to solve a common problem.

31 Oct 2012 - 2:43am

Still time to resolve carbon tax dispute

The European Union has the most comprehensive system of caps on greenhouse emissions of any major polluter. It makes sense to extend them to the aviation industry, a small but increasingly important contributor to global emissions.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pollution can be a risky business

Retail investors can get access to the emissions trading market by buying the shares of listed companies that either trade in carbon credits or invest in companies that help polluters reduce their emissions.

16 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Wrong people will feel the pinch of province's carbon tax, critics say


When six out of every 10 British Columbians are against a government initiative, it's no wonder that critics are going to press the issue.

The contentious initiative is a new tax that will add to the cost of rising fuel prices and the opposition doesn't have to work hard to get people griping.

23 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing applies brakes to fuel tax

Policy fine-tuning delays implementation until oil prices stabilise from record highs

The mainland will delay the introduction of a tax on fuel until oil prices retreat from their current record levels, delegates to a conference on the mainland's car industry were told at the weekend.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am