The Green Fiscal Mechanism and Reform for Low Carbon Development
East Asia and Europe
Edited by Akihisa Mori, Paul Ekins, Soo-Cheol Lee, Stefan Speck, Kazuhiro Ueta
Routledge – 2013 – 268 pages
This book reviews how far East Asian nations have implemented green fiscal reform, and show how they can advance carbon-energy tax reform to realize low carbon development, with special reference to European policy and experience.
East Asian nations are learning European experiences to adopt them in their political, economic and institutional contexts. However, implementation has been slow in practice, partly due to low acceptability that comes from the same concerns as in Europe, and partly due to weak institutional arrangements for the reform. The slow progress in the revenue side turns our eyes to the expenditure side: how East Asian nations have increased environmental-related expenditures, and how far they have greened sectorial expenditures. This "lifecycle" assessment of fiscal reform, coupled with the assessment of the institutional arrangement constitutes the features of this book.
The book helps to provide an overall picture of green fiscal reform and carbon-energy tax reform in the East Asian region. The region has a variety of countries, from lowest income to high income nations. Nations have different interests in substance and barriers for reform. This book covers recent development of environmental fiscal reform and carbon-energy taxation in wider nations in the region, including South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan. In addition, the book’s holistic view helps to understand why a specific nation has interest and concern on some aspects of the reforms.
Preface, Akihisa Mori, Paul Ekins and Stefan Speck Introduction, Akihisa Mori, Paul Ekins and Stefan Speck Part I 1. Environmental Fiscal Mechanism and Reform in East Asia: An Overview, Akihisa Mori 2. China’s Fiscal Expenditure for Environmental Protection, Ma Zhong and Wu Jian 3. Re-visiting Environmentally Related Taxes in China, Wu Jian, Mao Yujiao, and Ma Zhong 4. Political Economy of Implementing Pollution Control Fees: The Case of Taiwan, Li-chun Chen 5. Greening the Government Budget in Vietnam: Recent Changes and Future Challenges, Le Thi Kim Oanh and Akihisa Mori Part II 6. Environmental Tax Reform: Experience in Europe and Implications for East Asia, Paul Ekins 7. Environmental Tax Reform in the Context of Recovery from Financial Crisis, Stefan Speck 8. The Decline and Revival of Environmentally-Related Taxation in Europe, Mikael Skou Andersen 9. Green Fiscal Commissions in Europe, Paul Ekins and Ben Shaw Part III 10. Energy Tax and Fiscal Reform Toward a Sustainable Low-Carbon Economy: The Case of Japan, Soocheol Lee and Kazuhiro Ueta 11. Challenges for Low Carbon Policy and Fiscal Reform in Korea, Oh Sang Kwon 12. Perspectives and Challenges of Green Tax Reform in Taiwan, Daigee Shaw and Pi Chen 13. Environmental Fiscal Reform in Thailand, Chapika Sangkapitux and Akihisa Mori 14. Green Fiscal Policy Strategies in Response to Climate Change in Indonesia, Budy P. Resosudarmo and Abdurohman Conclusion: Green Fiscal Reform and Future Challenges for the East Asia, Soocheol Lee and Kazuhiro Ueta
MORI, Akihisa, an associate professor of Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, is an author of Environmental Aid: Logic, Strategy and Evaluation of Environmental Aid for Sustainable Development (Yuhikaku, 2009 in Japanese and Institute for the Environment and Civilization, 2012 in Korean) and editor of Environmental Governance for Sustainable Development: An East Asian Perspective, (United Nations University Press, Tokyo, 2013), and Democratization, Decentralization and Environmental Governance in Asia (Kyoto University Press, Kyoto, 2012).
EKINS, Paul has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. He is also a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Systems theme. He was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008. From 2007-09 he was Director of the UK Green Fiscal Commission. He also has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations. Paul Ekins' academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy, and he has published extensively in the field of environmental taxation, his output including the co-edited books Carbon-Energy Taxation: Lessons from Europe (with Mikael Skou Anderson) (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009); and Environmental Tax Reform (ETR): A Policy for Green Growth (with Stefan Speck) (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011).
LEE, Soocheol, a professor of Economics, Meijo University, Japan, is co-author of A Model- Based Econometric Assessment of Japanese Carbon Tax Reform, Scientific World Journal volume 2012 (with Hector Pollitt, Kazuhiro Ueta) and Public Policy Issues on the Disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste in Japan, Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, Volume XI1 Green Taxation and Environmental Sustainability (edited by Larry Kreiser, et.al.), pp. 197-211, Edward Elgar, 2012 (with Kazuhiro Ueta), and an editor of Environmental Charge Systems of East Asian Countries: Features and Challenges, Kyoto: Showado Press, 2010 (in Japanese).
SPECK, Stefan is an environmental economist with a Ph.D. in economics from Keele University in England. He is working as a project manager for environmental economics and policies at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. Prior to that, he was employed as a senior consultant at Kommunalkredit Public Consulting in Austria and as a senior project scientist at the National Environmental Research Institute/University of Aarhus in Denmark within the EU-funded project ‘Competitiveness Effects of Environmental Tax Reforms’ (COMETR). He also contributed to the research project ‘Resource Productivity, Environmental Tax Reform and Sustainable Growth in Europe’ (PETRE) funded by the Anglo-German Foundation.
UETA, Kazuhiro, a professor of Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan, is an editor of CDM and Sustainable Development in China: Japanese Perspectives, Hong Kong University Press, 2012, and co-author of Measuring Future Dynamics of Genuine Saving with Changes of Population and Technology: Application of an Integrating Assessment Model, Environment, Development and Sustainability, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 703-725, 2011 (with K. Tokimatsu, R. Yamaguchi, M. Sato, R. Yasuoka, M. Nishio) and Capital Depreciation and Waste Accumulation in Capital-Resource Economics, Applied Economic Letters, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 519-522, 2011 (with R. Yamaguchi).