EFR in Developing Countries

Environmental Fiscal Reform in Developing Countries

Study: Environmental tax reform (ETR) as an important part of sustainable development strategies

On behalf of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, GBG has written a study about Environmental Tax Reforms in Asia and the Pacific. The result was remarkable: several developing and emerging countries have reduced fossil fuel subsidies and introduced essential ETR elements into their tax systems – indeed, countries like India, Thailand, Viet Nam or China can be seen as international forerunners for ETR. ETR can be a substantial element of national developing strategies because of its positive ecologic, social and fiscal effects. The study is available online.

Seminar on Capacity Development for Environmental Fiscal Reform

On behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Green Budget Germany has developed a training seminar on Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR). 3-4 day trainings are offered by the GIZ sector project RioPlus. Target groups are policy makers, administration officials, and NGO-representatives. The training fosters a deep understanding of EFR concepts and instruments, and strengthens participants´ capacity to identify, design and evaluate adequate EFR instruments in various sectors. Seminars are held according to individual demand.
More information is available here.


Fossil Fuel to Renewable Energy (FFRE) Transition Workshop for Indian Ocean and African Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

On behalf of the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development, Kai Schlegelmilch and Jacqueline Cottrell (both GBE) delivered this training for representatives of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Mauritius in May 2014. The training resulted in a report, of which a summary is available here.

You can find all the documentation here.

Options for Promoting Environmental Fiscal Reform in EC Development Cooperation

Purpose of the project:
This study, commissioned by DG DEV, was conducted to identify five ACP countries (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) with a good potential to receive support from the European Commission in implementing Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR). Its main objectives were to promote an informed decision-making in matters of which fiscal reforms could be most relevant, as well as how the EFR process can be effectively designed and implemented in the chosen countries.
The study tried to gather information of where EFR actions have been carried out (possibly supported by donors) and how they could be integrated into the current process of generation of Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) and Regional Strategy Papers (RSP)(2007-2013). Furthermore, for those countries where EFR actions could be undertaken, the study serves as a starting point for informed decisions about which reforms are most relevant to a variety of specific sectors and how the EFR process can be effectively designed and implemented.

The final study report can be download now. To access the main report, click here. For the draft inception report please click here. The country case studies can be found below:

- Barbados
- Burkina Faso
- South Africa
- Uganda
- Vanuatu

Authors: Kai Schlegelmilch, Stefan Speck, Pendo Maro

This project is supported by: