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Agenda

 

Overview of the Agenda

The agenda for the conference was organized around two fundamental issues affecting environmental taxation: the limits on the power of governments to use environmental taxation, and what experience teaches about the appropriate use of environmental taxation. The conference was conducted in a combination of plenary and concurrent sessions designed to encourage discussion.


Agenda

The Agenda focused on two themes:

  • What have we learned from global experiences with environmental taxes - What works? What does not? Why?
  • What are the legal limits to governments' power to use environmental taxation?

The agenda included an extraordinary array of speakers:

  • Speakers from 22 countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, including keynote speakers:
  • United States Senator James M. Jeffords
  • Prof. Daniel Esty from Yale University
  • Prof. Robert Stavins from Harvard University
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Prokisch from Maastrict University

Thursday, April 11, 2002


7:30 p.m.

Evening Registration and Reception for people who arrive Thursday evening


Friday, April 12, 2002


8:30

Coffee and Registration


9:00

Welcoming Remarks and Overview of Conference
Prof. Janet Milne, Environmental Tax Policy Institute, Vermont Law School, US


9:30

Does Law Stand in the Way of Action? An Introduction to the Legal Limits on Governments' Use of Environmental Taxes
Prof. Dr. Rainer Prokisch, Institute of Tax Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands


10:10

Break


10:30

Exploring the Limits on the Power of Governments to Choose Use Environmental Taxes - A Choice of Concurrent Panels

What are the Limits in Europe?
Chair: Dr. Stefan Speck, Regional and Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Hungary
Panelists:
Prof. Dr. Michael Rodi, Greifswald University, Germany
Prof. Dr. Kurt Deketelaere, University of Leuven, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Pedro M. Herrera, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Prof. Dr. Rainer Prokisch, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands

What are the Limits in North America and Australia?
Chair: Prof. Eric Orts, Environmental Management Program, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US
Panelists:
Edwin Antolin, Esq., Morrison & Foerster, US
Charles Rothfeld, Esq., Mayer, Brown & Platt, US
Jose Juan Gonzalez, Esq., Gonzalez y Asociados, Mexico
Prof. Hope Ashiabor, Macquarie University, Australia


12:15

Lunch


13:45

Trade and the Environment -- What Do You Need to Know Before You Start Thinking About Environmental Taxes?
A Keynote Speech by Prof. Daniel Esty, Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University, US


14:15

Brief break


14:30

From Global to Local -- A Choice of Concurrent Panels

A Major International Issue - How Do Lawyers and Economists Reconcile Trade Agreements and Environmental Taxation? (2 panels)
Chair: Prof. Sanford Gaines, University of Houston Law Center, US
Panelists:
Prof. Dr. Alberto Majocchi, European School of Advanced Studies in Integrated Environmental Management, University of Pavia, Italy
Prof. Dr. Ole Kr. Fauchald, University of Oslo, NorwayNathalie Chalifour, National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, Canada

Chair: Zen Makuch, International Barrister, Imperial College, University of London, England
Panelists:
Dr. Geert Van Calster, University of Leuven, Belgium
Dr. Carolyn Fischer, Resources for the Future, US

A Major Local Issue - Can Innovations in Property Taxation Produce Better Land Use?
Chair: Jeffrey Smith, Geonomy Society, US
Panelists:
Tony Vickers, Henry George Foundation of Great Britain, England
Dr. William Batt, Center for the Study of Economics, US
Phyllis Myers, State Resource Strategies, US
Eric Wilkinson, Esq., New Jersey Future, US


16:00

What Conclusions Have Emerged from the Afternoon's Discussions about Trade and Environmental Taxes? A Plenary Session
Prof. Sanford Gaines, University of Houston Law Center, US
Zen Makuch, International Barrister, Imperial College, University of London, England


16:30

End of Afternoon Session
Relax, explore Woodstock


19:00


Dinner
Main Dining Room, Woodstock Inn

Saturday, April 13
Theme: What Works? What Does Not Work? Why?


8:45

How Effective are Environmental Taxes? A Plenary Panel
Chair: Wesley Warren, Natural Resources Defense Council, US
Panelists:
Hans Vos, European Environment Agency, Denmark
Prof. Dr. Mikael Skou Anderson, National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark
Prof. Lye Lin Heng, Asia-Pacific Centre of Environmental Law, National University of Singapore


10:10

Break


10:30

Identifying the Elements of Effective Environmental Taxes -- A Choice of Concurrent Panels

When is Environmental Taxation the Right Instrument to Use?
Chair: Prof. Eric Orts, Environmental Management Program, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, US
Panelists:
Prof. Kenneth Richards, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, US
Stefan Ubachs, Metro Institute, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands
Dr. J. Peter Clinch, University College Dublin, Ireland
Prof. David Driesen, Syracuse University College of Law, US

The Politics and Policies of Energy Taxation in the European Union - What are the Obstacles?
Chair: Kurt Deketelaere, University of Leuven, Belgium
Panelists:
Ivan Pittevils, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier, Belgium Manfred Rosenstock,DG Environment, Sustainable Development Unit, European Commission
Kees Heineken, Ministry of Finance and Secretary, Second Dutch Green Tax Commission, the Netherlands

Designing Environmental Taxes to Address Transportation Issues - What Works? What Might Work?
Chair: Prof. Larry Kreiser, Cleveland State University, US
Panelists:
Dr. Andreas Skouloudis, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Dr. Stephen Potter, The Open University, England
Prof. Joseph (Bob) Cleworth, Macquarie University, Australia
Prof. Rahmat Tavallali, Walsh University, US


12:15

Lunch and "Environmental Taxes - The View from Washington"
A Keynote Speech by United States Senator James M. Jeffords, Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, US Senate Member of the Finance Committee, US Senate


13:30

Identifying the Elements of Effective Environmental Taxes -- A Choice of Concurrent Panels

The Politics and Policies of National Approaches to Energy Taxation -
What are the Ingredients of Success or Failure?
Chair: Kees Heineken, Ministry of Finance, Secretary of the Second Dutch Green Tax Commission
Panelists:
Prof. Dr. Kalle Määttä, University of Joensuu, Finland
Louise Dunne, Environment Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland
Prof. Toru Morotomi, Yokohama National University, Japan

Designing Taxes for Specific Energy Issues -- Biomass, Electricity Consumption and Mining Reclamation - What Works? What Might Work?
Chair: Dr. Andreas Skouloudis, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission
Panelists:
Prof. Larry Kreiser, Cleveland State University, US
Stéphane J. Gallon, Ministry of Environment, France
Prof. Natalie Stoianoff, University of Wollongong, Australia

National Experiences with Pollution Taxes - What Can We Learn from Other Countries?
Chair: Prof. Dr. Mikael Skou Anderson, National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark
Panelists:
Prof. Dr. Patrik Söderholm, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Prof. Frank Scrimgeour, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Dr. Stefan Speck, Regional and Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Hungary
Dr. Anselm Görres, German Association for Ecological Tax Reform, Germany

Economic Analyses of the Effectiveness of Environmental Taxes - How Do the Models Work? What Do They Show?
Chair: Prof. Dr. Alberto Majocchi, European School of Advanced Studies in Integrated Environmental Management, University of Pavia, Italy
Panelists:Andrew Hoerner, Center for a Sustainable Economy, US
Prof. Thomas Creahan, Morehead State University, US
Dr. William Batt, Center for the Study of Economics, US
Prof. Liyan Wang, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China

15:30

Closing Session
What Have We Learned? Observations about the Proceeding
A Closing Keynote Speech by Prof. Robert Stavins, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, US

16:00

Closing Remarks