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"New Swedish chemical tax on electronics - what's the point?"

Research profile seminar

From 1 July 2017, there will be a new Swedish tax on chemicals in electronics to reduce the amount of hazardous flame retardants in our home environment. The action has raised criticism. Are taxes as instruments the right way to go to achieve an environmental goal?

From 1 July 2017, there will be a new Swedish tax on chemicals in electronics to reduce the amount of hazardous flame retardants in our home environment. The action has raised criticism. Are taxes as instruments the right way to go to achieve an environmental goal?

From July 1, there will be a new tax on chemicals in some electronic products (TVs, mobiles, tablets, white goods, etc.). The purpose of the tax is to reduce the occurrence, spread and exposure of hazardous flame retardants in people's home environment. Technically, is the electronics that are taxed, but it is the chemicals in the products that the tax is supposed to target. However, consumers who buy goods directly from other countries are not affected by the chemical tax. The tax only applies on electronics that are purchased from companies within Sweden. Many have been positive, but there has also been hard criticism. During the seminar, the new chemical tax will be used as an example to highlight basic issues regarding taxes as a means of achieving an environmental goal. The seminar begins with brief introductions to the subject and is followed by a conversation to discuss the pros and cons of the new chemical tax.

Lecturer: Moderator: Pernilla Rendahl, the FRAM centre at the University of Gothenburg Åsa Romson, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the EU Committee (MP) Mikael Karlsson, President, The European Environmental Bureau Susann Lundström, Partner KPMG Lena Odelberg, Tax Attorney, Volvo

Date: 7/4/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Science

Organizer: The FRAM Centre

Location: Almedalen 2017

Event URL: Read more about "New Swedish chemical tax on electronics - what's the point?"

Contact person: Dr. Åsa Arrhenius

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