Reducing emissions from coal in Australia

fiscal and related instruments - the current state of play

Gisele Kapterian, Peter Gillies, Patricia Blazey

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    Coal combustion contributes significantly to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. This paper examines the role of coal in power generation in Australia, the growth rate in demand for power, and the contribution of coal in the future to the energy mix, in two situations: (1) with, and (2) without changes to taxation and associated policies. The present tax status of coal producers and power generators and consumers is evaluated. Following this the potential impact upon emission levels of such instruments as a carbon tax and an emissions trading scheme (neither of which are presently applied in Australia) is discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)56-71
    Number of pages16
    JournalMurdoch University electronic journal of law
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Coal
    • Australia
    • emissions
    • environment
    • fiscal instruments

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