Poll invokes mixed response to European Union’s plan to impose bloc-wide carbon footprint taxes by Summer 2021

8 April 2021 (Last Updated April 7th, 2021 09:10)

The European Union (EU) plans to revise their energy taxation rules by Summer 2021 to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The European Union (EU) plans to revise their energy taxation rules by Summer 2021 to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

In a poll Verdict has conducted to analyse people’s opinion on the EU’s plan to impose bloc-wide carbon footprint taxes by Summer 2021, 43% of the respondents supported the plan, while 40% were against it.

The remaining 17% of the respondents did not have an opinion regarding the plan.

EU to impose carbon footprint taxes

The analysis is based on 253 responses received from the readers of Offshore Technology, a Verdict network site, between 04 December 2020 and 30 March 2021.

EU’s effort to overhaul policies to combat climate change

The EU countries are undertaking various measures to fight climate change and have agreed to impose a bloc-wide tax on non-recycled plastic waste. Few countries have also introduced national environmental taxes.

The EU plans to begin imposing fees for importing goods in the core sectors, including steel, cement, and electricity industries, which could be later extended to aluminium, fertiliser and chemical industries. The levies should be overhauled to appear as climate and environmental expenses, according to the head of EU climate policy.

Brussels intends to revamp its policies, including Europe’s carbon market, carbon standards for cars, and farming subsidies to meet its net-zero emission target, while the Netherlands plans to levy CO2 taxes on industries and increase taxes on flight tickets to narrow the price gap between plane and train tickets.

However, the road to modification in the EU taxation rules will not be smooth as it requires approval from all the 27 member countries. The fuel taxation policies are expected to face the most resistance as countries and companies will likely raise concerns that the carbon-footprint taxes will increase product prices thereby impacting consumers.