Public Policy Bulletin, 13 December 2019

Dec 13, 2019


In this week’s green bulletin, read about the Institute’s response to the consultation on proposed introduction of new environmental levies. Also, read about the EU’s newly launched European Green Deal aimed at tackling climate change.


Institute responds to consultation on proposed increase to environmental levies

Earlier this week, the Institute responded to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment’s consultation on the Proposed Introduction of New Environmental Levies. The Institute’s observations are summarised as follows:


  1. As a minimum Chartered Accountants Ireland recommends the following to help stimulate behavioural change, clear parameters of what an increase in levies will achieve must be set out from the outset. If an increase is intended to change consumption patterns, alternatives to the use of plastic bags, coffee cups etc. must be provided for consumers first.


  2. Consumers need to see a direct link between the revenue collected and what the additional revenues are spent on and how it benefits them. They are more likely to accept it and support it by changing their behaviour. How this is communicated will be critical to the success of the proposed plan.



EU unveils new European Green Deal to combat climate change

Earlier this week, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal, aimed towards becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The policy is aimed at meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement and includes a roadmap of key policies on supporting green technologies and sustainable solutions. The EU also aims to:

  • Become climate-neutral by 2050
  • Protect human life, animals and plants, by cutting pollution
  • Help companies become world leaders in clean products and technologies
  • Help ensure a just and inclusive transition

You can read more about the deal on European Commission’s dedicated page.


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