Technical Workshop 17: Carbon Pricing: Latest Developments on Carbon Taxes (Zurich)

Zurich, Switzerland. Photo Credit: orangesmile.com
A number of PMR Countries are exploring, developing or implementing carbon taxes which are emerging as one of the key carbon pricing instruments being pursued to achieve climate goals. Building on previous PMR discussions, this workshop provided an opportunity for Participants to discuss latest developments on carbon taxes around the world and to share lessons learned. It also provided an opportunity to discuss the role carbon taxes can play in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions.
Date: 
Mar 11, 2016
Venue: 
Zurich, Switzerland
March 11, 2016 | Zurich, Switzerland
 I. Introductory session

A number of PMR Countries are exploring, developing or implementing carbon taxes which are emerging as one of the key carbon pricing instruments being pursued to achieve climate goals. Building on previous PMR discussions, this workshop provided an opportunity for Participants to discuss latest developments on carbon taxes around the world and to share lessons learned. It also provided an opportunity to discuss the role carbon taxes can play in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions.
Opening and welcome remarks
9:00
Mr. Venkata Putti, Climate and Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank
Objectives of the event and brief presentation of the agenda
Ms. Pauline Kennedy, PMR Secretariat
 SESSION 1 – Carbon tax design and recent developments

This workshop is intended to build on the PMR’s previous work on carbon tax design. The session provided a summary of the key themes discussed previously and recent developments at the global level. Participants also had an opportunity to provide input and feedback on the Design Guide for Carbon taxes that is under development.
9:20
Ms. Pauline Kennedy, PMR Secretariat
Basic principles and design: a recap on previous PMR discussions
Mr. Paul Keenlyside, Climate Focus
A Design Guide for Carbon taxes
Mr. Paul Keenlyside, Climate Focus
Q&A
10:30 Coffee break
SESSION 2 – Carbon taxes in PMR Implementing Countries
Several of the PMR Implementing countries who are developing or implementing carbon taxes provided an update on their progress and share lessons learnt.
11:00 Moderator: Mr. Venkata Putti, Climate and Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank
Mr. Cecil Morden, National Treasury, South Africa
Update from South Africa: South Africa’s progress with the development and implementation of the proposed carbon tax
Mr. Francisco Pinto, Ministry of Environment, Chile
Update from Chile: Carbon Tax
 Mr. Carlos Muñoz Pina, Ministry of Finance, Mexico
Update from Mexico: Mexico’s Carbon Tax
Ms. Shweta, Ministry of Finance, India
Update from India: From Carbon Subsidy to Carbon Tax
Q&A
13:00 Lunch
SESSION 3 – The role of carbon taxes in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions
This session focused on the role that carbon taxes can play in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions. It provided an opportunity to discuss how the impacts of a carbon tax can be assessed and measured, any unique considerations when planning and tracking NDC implementation, and how policy can be adjusted overtime to align with any quantity based targets.
Moderator: Mr. Paul Keenlyside, Climate Focus
14:30 Panel discussion – assessing the contribution of a carbon tax to the Nationally Determined Contributions
Mr. Kenneth Richards, Indiana University
The Role of Carbon Taxes in Achieving Nationally Determined Contributions
Ms. Andrea Burkhardt, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
Swiss climate policy: Role of carbon taxAndrea
Ms. Susanna Laaksonen-Craig, Head of the Climate Action Secretariat, British Columbia
British Columbia’s Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax
Q&A and plenary discussion
Closing session
15:45
Closing Remarks
Mr. Philipp Ischer, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland
Mr. Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Secretariat
End of workshop