Earth Science News  





. France to create 'picnic tax' on pollution

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP) Sept 15, 2008
France's environment minister Monday announced plans for a "picnic tax" on throw-away plates, cups and cutlery, as part of a broad drive to slash polution and energy use.

"We are doing it," Jean-Louis Borloo told RTL radio, saying the levy would apply to items made of non-recyclable plastic or paper, and would represent about 90 eurocents per kilogram.

"Rather than a tax, we prefer to call it a contribution on high waste-producing products," his ministry said, adding that the proceeds would be used to subsidise recyclable goods.

The measure is the latest in a series of initiatives by France to lower its bill for imported energy and its emissions of greenhouse gases.

The government earlier this month announced it would offer interest-free loans of up to of 30,000 euros (43,500 dollars) from January 1 to encourage energy efficiency in the home.

Previous moves include a bonus system for cars in which taxes are increased or lowered according to the vehicle's carbon pollution. The system is shortly to be extended to televisions, light bulbs and other household gadgets.

France's environment ministry is pushing for the adoption of a raft of new green taxes and incentives in the 2009 budget.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Fuel Emissions From Marine Vessels Remain A Global Concern
Rochester NY (SPX) Sep 15, 2008
Marine vessels are no longer resting in a safe harbor. The forecast for clear skies and smooth sailing for oceanic vessels has been impeded by worldwide concerns of their significant contributions to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that impact the Earth's climate.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • In Galveston, Ike leaves trail of devastation
  • One dead in blast at petrochemical plant in China: report
  • China landslide death toll raised to 254: state media
  • 51 dead in China bus accident

  • New Book Examines Upper US Gulf Coast Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise
  • Thawing Permafrost Holds Vast Carbon Pool
  • Scientists promote 'global cooling' plan
  • Petascale Climate Modeling Heats Up At University Of Miami

  • Hurricane Ike Larger, Eyeing Landfall Early Saturday in Texas
  • QuikScat's Recent View Of Arctic Sea Ice
  • Report Explores Use Of Earth Data To Support National Priorities
  • GMES Under The Spotlight In France

  • Oilseed Rape Grown For Biofuel Can Help Clean Up Toxic Soils
  • Dartmouth Researchers Advance Cellulosic Ethanol Production
  • NASA Study Illustrates How Global Peak Oil Could Impact Climate
  • Bush: Ike brings 'upward pressure' on gas prices

  • Toll rises to 121 in Uganda hepatitis epidemic
  • Sharp unveils new anti-bird flu air purifier
  • HIV-positive Swazi women march against royals' shopping binge
  • Matsushita says new DNA technology identifies disease risks

  • Wild elephants kill six people in Nepal: police
  • Miscalculations In Geological Undersea Record
  • Tiny Life Forms Swiftly Move In As Andean Glacier Retreats
  • The Rosetta Stone For Understanding Evolution

  • France to create 'picnic tax' on pollution
  • Fuel Emissions From Marine Vessels Remain A Global Concern
  • Scientists Find Oil Leak Threatening Chuuk Lagoon
  • Solution Found For World's Worst Mass Poisoning Case

  • A Tiny Ancestral Remnant Lends Developmental Edge To Humans
  • Racial lung cancer models aid predictions
  • Melting Swiss glacier yields Neolithic trove, climate secrets
  • Study reveals Australia suffering from 'man drought'

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement