Technical Workshop 22: Carbon Tax: Design and Implementation in Practice (New Delhi)

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PMR Participants are considering, designing, or have implemented carbon taxes. To support this interest, the PMR launched a “Carbon Tax Guide: a Handbook for Policy Makers” and hosted a workshop on the status of and lessons learned from carbon taxes from around the world.
Date: 
Mar 22, 2017
Venue: 
Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi
March 22, 2017
Luncheon: Launch of the Carbon Tax Guide
A number of PMR Participants are considering, designing or have implemented carbon taxes. Reflecting this interest, the PMR has developed a “Carbon Tax Guide: a Handbook for Policy Makers”. The Guide was launched at a lunchtime event, followed by the workshop that provided an update on the latest carbon tax developments around the world, to deepen participants’ understanding of the design and implementation of carbon taxes. The workshop built upon previous workshops in Cologne (May 2014) and Zurich (March 2016), and provided an opportunity to hear more from PMR Participants who have direct experience in the design and implementation of carbon taxes.
12:45
Venkata Ramana Putti, Practice Manager, Carbon Markets and Innovation, World Bank Group
Darragh Conway, Climate Focus
      Introduction of the Carbon Tax Guide: A Handbook for Policy Makers
Introduction
14:00
Venkata Ramana Putti, Practice Manager, Carbon Markets and Innovation, World Bank Group
Pauline Kennedy, PMR Secretariat
1. Getting Started with a Carbon Tax
In this session, participants explored the considerations that go into deciding whether to adopt a carbon tax and, once a decision has been made, in setting the policy objectives, understanding the relevant national context and determining the principles that will be used to guide the design process. A number of participants shared their experiences in this regard.
14:15
Moderator: Adele Morris, Brookings Institution
Kenneth Richards, Indiana University
      Getting Started on a Carbon Tax
Nelson Pães, Brazil
      Carbon and Fuel Taxes in Brazil
Darryl Chua, Singapore
      Introduction of a Carbon Tax in Singapore
15:15 Break
2. Define the Tax Base
In this session, participants explored an important design choice for a carbon tax – defining the tax base, including discussion on how to decide what emissions are covered, the point of obligation and who will be responsible for paying the tax. Again, several PMR participants shared their experiences and lessons learnt in setting the tax base and rate in their national context.
15:45
Moderator: Frederico Gil Sander, World Bank Group
Darragh Conway, Climate Focus
      Defining the Tax Base
Sharlin Hemraj, South Africa
Saul Pereyra, Mexico
      Mexico Carbon Tax
Richard Purnell, British Columbia
      British Columbia Carbon Tax
3. Define the Tax Rate
In this session, participants explored another important design choice - determining the tax rate and how this might change over time. Several PMR Participants also shared their experiences in this regard.
16:15 Chair: Richard Purnell, British Columbia
Kenneth Richards, Indiana University
      Determining the Tax Rate
Adele Morris, Brookings Institution
      Setting a Carbon Tax Trajectory
Ulrika Raab, Sweden
      Carbon Tax - Determining the Tax Rate: Swedish Experiences
Juan Pedro Searle, Chile
Dipak Dasgupta, India
4. Climate Action Peer Exchange Initiative
In this session, participants heard about the Climate Action Peer Exchange Initiative, a program to develop and facilitate exchanges of experience and knowledge among peers of Ministries of Finance in the development and operationalization of fiscal policies to implement the NDCs.
18:00
Moderator: Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Secretariat
Frederico Gil Sander, World Bank Group
      Climate Action Peer Exchange for Finance Ministries
18:20
Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Secretariat
18:30 Wrap up
End of workshop