Paying the Polluter: Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and their Reform

Paying the Polluter: Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and their Reform


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Pledges to reform environmentally harmful subsidies (EHS) have increased over the past few years, at both global and national levels. Paying the Polluter addresses the most important issues to be considered when embarking upon these necessary reforms.

In this unique work, leading experts explore the definition of EHS, how they can be identified and measured and assess their impacts and the potential benefits of reform. Barriers and opportunities for EHS reform are elaborated with examples of successes and failures. A practical subsidy reform tool is also presented, giving guidance to help develop transparent inventories of subsidies and road maps for future development.

Demonstrating how subsidy reform may contribute to a better environment, support fiscal reform and address social and economic objectives, this authoritative book will appeal to policy makers and their advisors all over the world. It will also be a useful sourcebook for academics interested in concrete applications of environmental economics. Finally it should prove a rich and informative read for anyone looking for facts and arguments supporting green budget reforms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782545309
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 07/14/2014
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Edited by Frans H. Oosterhuis, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Patrick ten Brink, European Environmental Bureau, Belgium

Table of Contents



Kai Schlegelmilch

1. Introduction: High Hopes and Down-to-Earth Realism

Frans Oosterhuis and Patrick ten Brink

2. A Global Survey of Potentially Environmentally Harmful Subsidies

Ronald Steenblik

3. Hidden Subsidies: The Invisible Part of the EHS Iceberg

Sirini Withana, Patrick ten Brink, Leonardo Mazza and Daniela Russi

4. Can We Recognise an Environmentally Harmful Subsidy if We See One?

Jan Pieters

5. Quantifying the Impacts of Environmentally Harmful Subsidies

Cees van Beers and Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh

6. Energy Subsidies

Frans Oosterhuis and Katharina Umpfenbach

7. Environmentally Harmful Subsidies in the Transport Sector

Laurent Franckx and Inge Mayeres

8. Agriculture, Food and Water

Frans Oosterhuis and Kris Bachus

9. Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and Biodiversity

Patrick ten Brink, Markus Lehmann, Bettina Kretschmer, Stephanie Newman and Leonardo Mazza

10. Reforming EHS in Europe: Success Stories, Failures and Agenda Setting

Jacqueline Cottrell

11. Phasing Out Environmentally Harmful Subsidies Worldwide

Anja von Moltke

12. Reform of Environmentally Harmful Subsidies: Distributional Issues

Annegrete Bruvoll and Haakon Vennemo

13. The Way Forward: Reforming EHS in the Transition to a Green Economy

Patrick ten Brink, Sirini Withana and Frans Oosterhuis

Appendix 1: Classifying and Estimating Government Support

Ronald Steenblik and Jehan Sauvage

Appendix 2: A Subsidy Reform Tool

Patrick ten Brink and Sirini Withana


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