​​​​​​Previous Conferences

​The 16th Global Conference

The 16th GCET conference was held in Sydney, Australia on September 23-26, 2015. The conference, titled Green Fiscal Reform: Protecting our Natural Resources for a Sustainable Future​, was designed to place greater focus on natural resource protection, a theme that has received less explicit attention in past conferences. It also emphasised an area of great concern to the host country, Australia. ​​Click here for details.

The 15th Global Conference

The 15th GCET conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 24-26, 2014. The conference is a unique forum for people to share analyses of the theory and practice of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments. This year’s conference, hosted by Aarhus University, focused on environmental taxation and emissions trading in an era of climate change. Click here for details.

Photo of Janet Milne and ninth annual conference organizers.
Professor Milne with conference organizers and participants at the Ninth Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, Singapore. Photo courtesy of Gao Li.

The 14th Global Conference
Kyoto, Japan, was the site of the 14th Global Conference, held on October 17-19, 2013. Participants from 26 countries gathered to discuss the conference theme, “environmental taxation and green tax reform for a sustainable future.” The conference was hosted by Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Economics and Faculty of Economics. For more information, visit the conference website: http://www.econ.kyoto-u.ac.jp/gcet/​​


The 13th Global Conference
The 13th Global Conference was held in Vancouver, Canada, on September 20-22, 2012.  Hosted by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, the conference presentations addressed (1) the political, psychological, institutional and other barriers to adoption of environmental taxation, (2) emerging developments and new opportunities for introduction of environmental taxation, and (3) the potential for environmental taxation to induce technological innovation for the abatement of pollution.  For more information, visit the conference website: http://www.law.ubc.ca/events/gcet/

The 12th Global Conference
The 12th Global Conference took place in Madrid, Spain, on October 20-21, 2011. Under the theme of market instruments and sustainable economy, the conference considered the role of environmental taxation in areas such as transportation and the development of new technologies, as well as the role of environmental tax reform and permit trading in creating a sustainable economy. The conference was hosted by the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Complutense University at Madrid and the National at Distance University/Department of Business Law. Information about the conference is available here.

The 11th Global Conference
The 11th Global Conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 5-7, 2010. Hosted by the Faculty of Accountancy and Management at Mahasarakham University, the conference concentrated on ways in which environmental taxation can support climate change resilience. For information about the conference, visit its website here.

The Tenth Annual Conference
The Tenth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, held in Lisbon, Portugal, on Sept. 23-25, 2009, highlighted the issues of climate change and water management. It was hosted by the Portuguese Catholic University.

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The Ninth Annual Conference
The Ninth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, held in Singapore on Nov. 6-7, 2008 focused on the role of taxation and other market-based instruments in addressing the environmental impacts of cities and megacities. It also provided an opportunity for discussion about other environmental issues as well, such as the role of carbon taxes and permit trading. The conference was hosted at the Asia-Pacific Center for Environmental Law at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Law The program for the conference can be found here.

The Eighth Annual Conference
The Eighth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation was held in Munich, Germany, on Oct. 18-20, 2007. The conference focused on the positve effects of environmental taxation and environmental fiscal reform. The conference was hosted by Green Budget Germany. More information on the Eighth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation can be found here.

The Sixth Annual Conference
The Sixth Annual Conference on Environmental Taxation was held in Leuven, Belgium, on Sept. 22-24, 2005. Hosted by the Institute of Environmental and Energy Law at the University of Leuven, the conference focused on the role of economic instruments in encouraging the use of renewable energy. Information about the conference is available by clicking here.

The Fifth Annual Conference
The Fifth Annual Conference: The Fifth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation was held in Pavia, Italy, September 9-11, 2004. The European School of Advanced Studies in the Integrated Environmental Management of the University of Pavia hosted the conference. Information about the conference, which highlighted sustainable transportation among other issues, is available by clicking here.

The Fourth Annual Conference
The Fourth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Sydney, Australia, June 5-7, 2003, was hosted by Macquarie University's Department of Business Law and Centre for Environmental Law. It focused on national experiences with environmental taxation and challenges facing environmental taxation. The Fourth Annual Conference: Information is available by clicking here. Vermont Law School's Environmental Tax Policy Institute cosponsored the event.

The Third Annual Conference
The The Environmental Tax Policy Institute at Vermont Law School hosted the Third Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation on April. 11-13, 2002, in Woodstock, Vt. The conference focused on two themes: what experience has taught about environmental taxation and limits on governments' power to use environmental taxation. For information about the conference, click here.