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Research Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) GCET17

Call for papers/abstract

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 speakers 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.

From the Dutch policy maker’s perspective, a number of topics mentioned below are particularly interesting and paper submissions on these topics are also 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 17thGCET will also feature a series of policy sessions organized by the Green Fiscal Policy Network (UNEP, IMF, GIZ) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC) and Green Budget Europe. In these parallel sessions, policy makers and experts will discuss topical issues related to the politics of implementing green fiscal reforms in industrialized, emerging and developing economies to support the transition to an inclusive green economy and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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

All abstracts must be submitted in word format to the conference email at:

In case of other queries, please contact Stefan Weishaar at

The abstract submission deadline is 22 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.

Format and style of abstracts:

Specifications for abstracts
Abstracts should not exceed 400 words.
No figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes or other references should be included in the abstract.

Specification for papers
Papers should not exceed 6,000 words, including figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes and other references.

Format and style of papers:

  • Text: To be presented in a word document in font Times New Roman (TNR) 11 pt; double spacing; left aligned.
  • Document title: To be presented in TNR 11 pt, centered, bold and capital letters.
  • Author: The name of the author and co-authors in TNR 11 pt., bold and centered, and should be placed below the title. The name of the presenting author must be underlined.
  • Sections: To be numbered in increasing order and their corresponding titles in TNR 11 pt and bold. Within each section, the titles of the subsections must be in TNR 11 pt.
  • Length: Accepted papers should not exceed 6,000 words, including figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes and other references.

Deadline for paper submission: 21 August 2016

Conference sponsor:

Municipality of Groningen
Municipality of Groningen
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