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Using the tax system to tackle climate change

05 November 2019 / Allison Plager
Issue: 4719 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
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Key points

  • General agreement that action needs to be taken to tackle global warming.
  • Government seems to lack will power to use taxation to drive change.
  • Advantages to the environment of tree planting.
  • Broaden capital allowances to reduce the carbon footprint in residential building.
  • Research and development tax relief could encourage greater energy efficiency.


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People across the generations are convinced that change is needed. We need only look at the massive age range of those who took part in...

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