2017: "New chemical tax on electronics - what's the point?"
From 2017, there is a new tax on certain chemicals (flame retardants) in some electronic products (TVs, mobiles, tablets, white goods, etc.). The purpose of the tax is to reduce the occurrence, spread and exposure of hazardous flame retardants in people's home environment. Technically, it is the electronics that are taxed, but it is the flame retardants used in the products that the tax is supposed to target.
However, consumers who buy goods directly from other countries are not affected by this tax as the tax only applies on electronics that are purchased from companies within Sweden. Many have been positive, but there has also been hard criticism.
During this seminar, the new chemical tax was used as an example to highlight basic issues regarding taxes as a means of achieving an environmental goal.
Participants were; Mikael Karlsson (President, The European Environmental Bureau, researcher KTH); Åsa Romson, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the EU Committee (MP); Susann Lundström, Partner KPMG; Moderator: Pernilla Rendahl (FRAM)
The seminar was videostreamed and can be watched at the Facebook page of Västsvenska Arenan.