CfP of interest to SELE members

by envlawecon


Groningen University invites the submission of papers and abstracts for the 17th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET17), to be held in Groningen, the Netherlands, on 22 and 23 September 2016. The theme of the conference is “Smart instrument mixes in a greening economy”.

Over the past 16 years, the GCET conferences have grown as an important meeting place for experts and scholars from all parts of the world taking an interest in experiences and insights relating to environmental taxation in a wide sense. The fiscal perspective has become particularly significant in a number of countries following recent economic and financial events.

The GCET conferences have generated many insights into taxes, fees and other environmental instruments. How to employ different environmental protection instruments in harmony has not yet been the central, organizing theme of a prior GCET conference. Given the advances in our understanding of individual instruments, it is time to examine how these instruments work in conjunction with each other in addressing a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues.

The GCET17 conference will feature several keynote speeches and a series of parallel sessions exploring a wide range of instrument mixes from an economic, legal and policy perspective. These instruments range from charges, fees, taxes, subsidies, tax expenditures, to emissions trading, linking of emission trading systems, green fiscal reforms and budget constraints, energy tax exemptions for large consumers, voluntary approaches, and command-and-control regulations that intersect with market-based instruments. According to the tradition of GCET conferences, contributions by academic scholars are encouraged as well as contributions from experts from International bodies, governmental agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

Abstracts and papers can be submitted within a broad range of topics including:

  • Smart instrument mixes and instrument choice
  • Green fiscal reform and budget constraints
  • Setting of tax schedules
  • Taxation options to promote recycling etc.
  • Taxation and primary resource extraction
  • Biodiversity protection
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Renewable energy and innovation
  • Energy taxes and exemptions for large consumers
  • Climate finance
  • Carbon pricing and institutional investors
  • Market instruments in a wide sense, particularly linking of ETSs

From the Dutch policy maker’s perspective, the topics mentioned below are particularly interesting and paper submissions on these topics are also most welcome:

– the risk of dwindling incomes from environmental taxes.

– the setting of effective tax schedules (evidence and theory) to realize environmental objectives, i.e. whether an initially high tax or an initially low but increasing tax schedule is most effective.

– taxation options and experiences on the promotion of recycling, reuse, the remanufacturing of resources and on putting a price on the extraction of primary resources.

The submission deadline for abstracts is 8 May 2016. Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis, so that early notifications might be made, allowing participants to register early for the conference. Abstracts should not exceed 400 words and not contain any figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes or other references.

Please submit your abstract in word format to the conference email at: In case of other queries, please contact Stefan Weishaar at

Please see our webpage for additional conference details related to the keynotes, social activities etc.