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Welcome to the GCET22

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It is a great pleasure to invite you to the Netherlands for the 22nd Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET22) which will be held on the 23rd and 24th of September 2021 in Groningen.

Over the past 21 years, the GCET conferences have materialized as a useful and important meeting place for experts and scholars from all parts of the world taking interest in experiences and insights relating to environmental taxation in a wide sense. The fiscal perspective has also become significant following the recent economic crisis and pandemic that sent an already expansionary fiscal and monetary policy into overdrive. Finance ministers will need to find new sources to raise revenue – environmental taxation seems to be a natural contender. While much of the media attention is devoted to the pandemic crisis and the ailing economies, the climate crisis continues unabated.

The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC suggests pathways to limit global warming if global net emissions decline by 45% (below 2010 levels) by 2030 and reach net zero around 2050. Given the still rapidly increasing GHG concentration in the atmosphere, this is a daunting task, especially since many jurisdictions have not succeeded in decoupling economic growth from GHG emissions. It requires nothing less than a fundamental transition of our economy. Despite all pessimism, many jurisdictions have vowed to take drastic measures and have designed plans to limit global warming and set targets for 2030, 2050 and beyond . This year’s conference will explore the wide range of strategies and instruments to implement the environmental goals for 2030 and 2050.

According to the tradition of the GCET conferences, contributions by academic scholars are encouraged as well as contributions from experts representing national and international administrations and organizations. Also this year a selection of the best contributions will be published in the prestigious peer-reviewed edited volume “Critical issues in environmental taxation” from Edward Elgar publishers.

The target audience for the 22nd GCET are specialists from all parts of the world who are interested in the exchange of ideas, information, and research findings about instrument mixes, environmental taxation issues, and sustainable economic development, including:

  • Academics from universities and higher education in the fields of law, economics, taxation, accounting, public administration, environmental studies, etc.,
  • Government officials from ministries and departments of finance, taxation, energy, water, environment, natural resources etc. including from provincial/state/territorial levels,
  • International and Non-Governmental Organization representatives, Tax and Accounting professionals, private sector executives, and experts.

We look forward to welcome you (digitally) to the Netherlands,

Stefan Weishaar, Groningen University.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: June 4th 2021
Notification of acceptance of papers: June 14th 2021
Deadline for early registrations: August 8th 2021
Deadline by which presenting authors must be registered in order for their presentation to be included in the program: August 15th 2021
Registration opens: March 2021

Conference dates: 23rd – 24th September 2021

Conference sponsors:

ETPI Vermont Law School
Last modified:15 September 2021 10.58 a.m.