France and Germany plan to table joint carbon pricing measures by the beginning of 2019, as part of a pledge made last Thursday by a high-level bilateral climate working group.
“Only an interdepartmental effort will allow us to implement the Paris agreement and achieve our climate goals,” said French junior environment minister Brune Poirson and German environment secretary Jochen Flasbarth in a joint statement. The two committed to “driving change in key areas such as transportation, energy, buildings, industry or agriculture”.
Joint policies for carbon pricing will be developed “for all sectors, with a view to the next Franco-German Council of Ministers scheduled for early 2019”, Poirson said on Twitter. The most common public carbon pricing measures, according to the French ministry of ecological transition, are taxes on emissions and control over tradable futures, most often reserved for big polluters.
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