Winterthur, 24-25/10/2013

Green Budget Europe Annual Conference 2013

"Green Taxation and Emissions Trading – Making Market-Based Instruments work”
Zurich/Winterthur, SWITZERLAND, ZHAW – Centre for Economic Policies,
24th - 25th October 2013

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Background
Aims of the conference
Conference material for download
Media coverage
Programme on Thursday 24/10/2013
Programme on Friday 25/10/2013
Photos
Contact

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Background

The 2013 Green Budget Europe (GBE) Annual Conference has being jointly organised by Öbu – Swiss Network for Sustainable Business, ZHAW – Centre for Economic Policies – and Green Budget Europe.
The event took place from 24-25 October 2013 in Winterthur and did serve as the GBE and ZHAW annual conference. More than 40 key experts and another 100 participants have been invited to discuss and analyse the ongoing Swiss initiative of implementing environmental taxation as part of the 2050 energy strategy (day 1). The second day set out to explore tangible ways of overcoming existing barriers for the effective functioning of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in the context of the ongoing discussion on the EU 2030 energy and climate targets.
The participants joined us for the award ceremony for Professor Frank Convery to become "2013 GBE Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year". The laudatio was given by Moritz Leuenberger, former Swiss Minister for the Environment.
This timely debate on the future of the EU ETS brought together around 150 leading thinkers, decision makers and representatives of international organisations at national, European and global level to discuss current policy issues and the newest research in the field.
Focus: Environmental Fiscal Reform in Switzerland and the Emissions Trading System (ETS)
The Swiss Federal Department of Finance is working on a proposal for an Environmental Fiscal Reform. The aim is to introduce a general environmental tax on fuels and electricity. The tax rates will be defined in accordance with the Swiss energy and climate policies.
Furthermore, Switzerland and the EU are aiming to link their emissions trading systems to create a common CO2 market.
The EU ETS is the world's first and biggest experiment with trading in carbon dioxide. Other countries like China, Australia, Korea and Canada recently adopted emissions trading systems – and are carefully watching the EU as an example of climate change policy. We presented emissions trading systems from all around the world and discussed efficient market-based ways to complement them, in order to build global partnerships ahead of the 2015 UN climate negotiations.

Focus: Environmental Fiscal Reform in Switzerland and the Emissions Trading System (ETS)
The Swiss Federal Department of Finance is working on a proposal for an Environmental Fiscal Reform. The aim is to introduce a general environmental tax on fuels and electricity. The tax rates will be defined in accordance with the Swiss energy and climate policies.
Furthermore, Switzerland and the EU are aiming to link their emissions trading systems to create a common CO2 market.

The EU ETS is the world's first and biggest experiment with trading in carbon dioxide. Other countries like China, Australia, Korea and Canada recently adopted emissions trading systems – and are carefully watching the EU as an example of climate change policy. We will present emissions trading systems from all around the world and discuss efficient market-based ways to complement them, in order to build global partnerships ahead of the 2015 UN climate negotiations.

Aims of the conference

The aim of this high-level event was to identify emergency and long-term responses to mitigate the impact of the economic and fiscal crisis, especially by looking on the potentials of a green tax reform in Switzerland, and to initiate a much-needed dialogue on the transformation of the international ETS architecture. Thus, the conference aimed to act as a vehicle for innovative and in-depth analysis of the situation in Switzerland and the EU, to explore ways of overcoming existing barriers for the implementation of an ambitious Environmental Fiscal Reform, and an ambitious EU ETS, at national and EU level, and to move the agenda forward on designing more efficient policies at global level.

We therefore liked to start a dialogue with international partners:

The conference as a whole did highlight the central role of carbon markets and emissions trading to get the prices right in sustainable fiscal reform. In so-doing, we hoped to emphasise how and why intelligent environmental policy is to the advantage of us all.

 

Conference material for download:
Concept note
Conference programme
Speakers´biographies

 

Media coverage (coming soon)

 

Programme on Thursday 23/10/2013

Opening session
Jean-Marc Piveteau - Rector, ZHAW
Gabi Hildesheimer - CEO, Öbu
Kai Schlegelmilch - Vice-President, Green Budget Europe

Keynote speech: From subsidies to levies: Which regulatory taxes for Switzerland?
Martin Baur - Head Economic Analysis and Policy Advice, Federal Finance Administration
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External views on environmental fiscal reform

The scientific perspective

Reto Schleiniger - Professor, ZHAW School of Management and Law
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Some insights from international experiences with carbon and energy tax
Sirini Withana - Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for European Environmental Policy, Brussels
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Relevance of the ETR as core instrument for the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050
Rolf Iten - Managing Partner, Infras, Consulting Group, Zurich
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Chair of the afternoon: Tilman Slembeck - Professor, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Questions and Answers

Comments on the “Swiss Proposal”
Kai Schlegelmilch - Vice-President, Green Budget Europe
Kurt Lanz - Head Infrastructure, Energy & Environment, economiesuisse
Patrick Hofstetter - Head Climate Policies, WWF Switzerland
Martin Bäumle - President of the Green Liberal Party, Switzerland

Moderator: Armin Jans - Professor, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Panel discussion with inclusion of Plenary

Green Fiscal Reformer of the Year Awards Ceremony

Introduction Green Budget Europe
Constanze Adolf - Director GBE Brussels Office
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Laudation:
Moritz Leuenberger - former Swiss minister for environment and energy

Acceptance speech of the price winner:
Frank Convery - founder and chairman of the UCD Earth Institute, Dublin

 

Programme on Friday 24/10/2013

Combining the powers of markets and states - about the evolution of our basic convictions
Anselm Görres - President, Green Budget Europe
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Background: From challenge to opportunity - The European emission trading system – past, present, future
Regina Betz - Senior Lecturer, ZHAW School of Management and Law
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Keynote: From separation to cooperation - Emissions trading systems in the EU and Switzerland
Karine Siegwart - Vice-Director, Federal Office for the Environment
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Chair of the morning: Ion Karagounis - Programme Director, member of the executive board, WWF Switzerland

Questions and Answers

Peer-to-peer – ETS, ICAO and what next? An assessment of recent developments
Erik Haites - Founder and Director, Margaree Consultants
Jos Dings - Director, “Transport & Environment”

Moderator: Eero Yrjö-Koskinen - Member of GBE Steering Committee, Executive Director, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation

Working group 1: An intelligent structural architecture for the ETS - Carbon price floor & ambitious reduction targets
Chair: Eike Meyer - Vice-Director, Green Budget Germany

Carbon price floor and other forms of price management
Frank Jotzo - Associate Professor, Australian National University and Visiting Researcher, ZEW

Increasing the EU GHG reduction target
Erica Hope - EU Affairs Manager, Energy Strategy Centre, European Climate Foundation

Access rules to international credits
Axel Michaelowa - Head of International Climate Policy Research, University of Zurich
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Working group 2: Thinking out of the box - Complements to the ETS
Chair: Jacqueline Cottrell - Senior Policy Advisor, Green Budget Europe

Border Carbon Adjustments
Bruno Vanderborght - Independent Consultant

The Energy Tax Directive and opportunities for ambitious carbon taxation at EU level
Magnus Nilsson - Senior Consultant, Transport & Environment
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Regional solutions - The Alpine Crossing Exchange as a model for other regions and sectors
Markus Maibach - Managing Partner, Infras
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Working group 3: Opportunities and risks of ETS for businesses
Chair: Arthur Braunschweig - Managing Partner, E2 Management Consulting

Practical experiences with CO2 trading in various countries
Carsten Schirmeisen - Senior Manager Carbon Business, Holcim
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Beyond regulation – opportunities for businesses
Andrea Rumiz - Sales Director, South Pole Carbon Asset Management
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Linking the Swiss and the European ETS - Consequences for trading companies
Yvan Keckeis - Federal Office for the Environment, Climate Policy Section
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Keynote speech: From communication to inspiration - The Future of the ETS and the Green Paper for a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies
Michael Grubb - Professor, Cambridge University; Senior Adviser, Sustainable Energy Policy Ofgem
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From regionalisation to globalisation - Best practices from Emissions Trading Systems: Will there be a global carbon market in the future?

Linking ETS and Carbon taxes - the Australian experiences

Frank Jotzo - Associate Professor, Australian National University and Visiting Researcher, ZEW
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ETS Pilots in China and national Scheme Perspective
Zhang Xiliang - Professor, Tsinghua University
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ETS in North America
Erik Haites - Founder and Director, Margaree Consultants
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Moderator: Peter Zapfel - Head of Policy Coordination at the European Commission, DG for Climate Action

Chair of the afternoon: Lynda Mansson - Director General, Mava Foundation

Questions and Answers

Roundtable discussion - The right mix of future climate and energy policies: How to make the most out of market-based instruments
Michael Grubb - Professor, Cambridge University; Senior Adviser, Sustainable Energy Policy Ofgem
Yvan Keckeis - Federal Office for the Environment, Climate Policy Section
Erik Haites - Founder and Director, Margaree Consultants
Klemens Riegler-Picker - Vice-President Green Budget Europe, Executive Secretary Ecosocial Forum Austria and Europe
Louis Meuleman - Coordinator European Semester, European Commission, DG Environment

Moderator: Constanze Adolf - Director Brussels Office, Green Budget Europe

Conclusions:
Gabi Hildesheimer - CEO, Öbu
Jacqueline Cottrell - Senior Policy Advisor, Green Budget Europe
Regina Betz - Senior Lecturer, ZHAW School of Management and Law


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Contact

Constanze Adolf (Green Budget Europe)
constanze.adolf@green-budget.eu • T: +32 2 790 88 12

Michael Vanek (Öbu)
vanek@oebu.ch • T: +41 44 364 37 38

 

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