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. This page provides information about the current and prior conferences.
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The 21st Global Conference
The central theme of GCET21 is Environmental Taxation in an Era of COVID-19. Abstracts and papers can be submitted within a broad range of related topics and environmental taxation more generally. The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 15, 2020. For more information about the Call for Abstracts, click here.
The 20th Global Conference
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 market-based instruments relevant that can help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and advance other sustainability goals. See here for more information.
The 19th Global Conference
The 19th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation was held on September 26-28, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. The conference was organized and hosted by the CEU Universidad San Pablo. Its theme, Environmental Tax Challenges in the 21st Century: Urban Concentration and Increasing Transport, allowed participants to discuss principles and practices of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments relevant for greening of the economy and a more sustainable development. See here for more information about GCET 19.
The 18th Global Conference
The 18th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation took the conference series back to the United States. The conference was organized and hosted by the James E. College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson on September 27-29, 2017. Its conference theme, Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges: Local and Global Perspectives, allowed participants to explore many ways in which economic instruments can address the many, diverse challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change. See here for more information.
The 17th Global Conference
The 17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation was held on September 22-23, 2016, hosted by Groningen University in the Netherlands. Its theme, Smart Instrument Mixes in a Green Economy, allowed participants to explore a wide range of instrument mixes and topics extending from charges, fees, taxes, subsidies, tax expenditures, emissions trading, linking of emission trading systems, green fiscal reforms and budget constraints, and voluntary approaches from economic, legal and policy perspectives. See here for more info.
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 emphasized an area of great concern to the host country, Australia. GCET16 program.
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. See here for details.
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. See here for more information.
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.
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.
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. See the conference program or the conference website for more information.
The 10th 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. GCET10 Announcement; GCET10 Brochure.
The 9th 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 8th 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. See here for more information.
The 7th Annual Conference
The 7th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation was held on October 22-24, 2006, organized and hosted by the University of Ottawa. Its central theme was Translating Theory to Practice, which covered topics such as how to build support for environmental taxation and experiences to date with the use of economic instruments. See here for more information.
The 6th 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.
The 5th 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. See the conference website or program for more information.
The 4th 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. Vermont Law School's Environmental Tax Policy Institute cosponsored the event.
The 3rd 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.