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Vermont Law School's Environmental Tax Policy Institute analyzes the ways in which taxation can be used to address environmental problems. By serving as a resource for the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, the press and academia, the Institute seeks to better inform the public policy debate about the role of environmental taxes at the local, state and federal levels.
The Environmental Tax Policy Institute is exploring issues relating to the use of carbon taxes at the state level. For example, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute’s Director, Professor Janet Milne, presented a paper on “Carbon Pricing in the Northeast: Looking through a Legal Lens” at the annual symposium of the National Tax Association, now published in the National Tax Journal. In Fall 2016 the Institute led a project that developed two briefing papers that can help inform state-level policymaking. Carbon Pollution Taxes: A Short Vermont Primer by Professor Janet Milne provides an introduction to carbon taxes. An Introductory Note on Carbon Taxation in Europe by Professor Mikael Skou Andersen at Aarhus University in Denmark offers perspectives on international experiences with carbon taxes.
Annual Global Conference
Over the past 20 years, the Global Conferences on Environmental Taxation have become a useful and important meeting place for experts and scholars from all parts of the world who are interested in experiences and insights relating to environmental taxation and other market-based instruments. The Environmental Tax Policy Institute frequently is a supporting partner of the annual conference and it hosted the 3rd Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in 2002. The Institute's Director, Prof. Janet Milne, is a member of the steering committee for the conference series.
The 21st Global Conference will be held as a virtual conference on September 24-25, 2020 due to the coronavirus. The conference theme is Environmental Taxation in an Era of COVID-19. The deadline for the Call for Papers is June 15. See here for information. Professor Milne is one of the three Conference Chairs.
The 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation was held on September 25-27, 2019 in Limassol, Cyprus. The conference was organized and hosted by the Cyprus University of Technology. Its theme, Economic Policies for Low-Carbon Development, allowed participants to discuss principles and practices of environmental taxation and other relevant market-based instruments that can help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and advance other sustainability goals. See here for more information.
This two-volume book, published in 2017, assembles key articles written by experts around the world that explore how the law shapes the design and use of environmental taxation. Edited by the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, Director, Janet Milne, it serves as an important resource for people who work with environmental taxation and want to have seminal resources readily available on their bookshelf.
Published in 2013, the Handbook provides an interdisciplinary, international tour of the key areas of research on environmental taxation. Edited by Janet E. Milne (the Director of the Environmental Tax Policy Institute) and Mikael Skou Andersen, the Handbook contains chapters written by 36 environmental tax specialists from 16 countries. Click here for more information.
Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation
Volumes I through XIX
The Global Conferences on Environmental Taxation yield numerous papers on environmental taxation, written by environmental tax specialists around the world. Selected, peer-reviewed papers are published in the book series, Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, now published by Edward Elgar. The Environmental Tax Policy Institute’s Director, Professor Janet Milne, is a co-editor of the series.
The most recent volume, Volume XIX, was published in 2017.