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New article: Using Fees to Improve Chemical Management in Europe

In a newly presented explorative paper, it is discussed how fees can be used to both generate revenue and improve chemical management in Europe. How could a differentiated fee on the use of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and suspected SVHCs be designed?

As COVID-19 strains fiscal budgets both in terms of lower revenues and higher expenditures, regulatory agencies may need to find innovative ways to finance their activities. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is furthermore struggling with loss of revenues due to Brexit as well as lower revenues from registration fees after the REACH registration deadline 2018.

In this explorative paper FRAM researcher Daniel Slunge discusses how fees can be used to both generate revenue and improve chemical management in Europe. In particular he has looked at how fees can be used to incentivize information provision and a phase out of substances of very high concern (SVHC).

The paper was presented on the 21st Global Conference on Environmental Taxation on September 24th.

Read the full conference abstract here.

Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

GCET is the leading global forum for exchanges on the principles and practice of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments for greening the economy and promoting the transition to low-carbon and resource-efficient societies. Participants at GCET comprise academics, policy makers from national governments and international organizations, and practitioners of environmental law and taxation. The central theme of GCET21 was Environmental Taxation in an Era of COVID-19. 

Read the conference program.