2020. Food Carbon Tax.
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Food Carbon Tax
In 2020 a tax should be put on item that have a high carbon cost to Ireland This tax should be put in place on items that can be produced in Ireland.i.e Higher tax put on beef as Ireland produced more beef then it needsYet items that cannot be produced in Ireland like banannas, certain fish have a lower tax on them.
1 Passing a solid plan in Government
- Educating people of the need
- Convincing people to change their way of living
Introducing an incentive based taxing scheme for corporations
-This tax + corporation tax = Today’s corporation tax rate
If they use less carbon heavy goods, they pay less tax.
Quick, cost effective and manageable reduction in our carbon footprint
Leads to innovation
Encourages local economies
Higher standard of food and seasonal
Continuation of sustainable growth
This tax chould have a knock on effect as other contries impose this type of tax reducing our exports.
May reduce our competitiveness in Europe and the World.
Means Tested Carbon Tax
This means that a complete overhaul of our current way of living and upgrade and modernisation of our infrastructure is critical.
The design of products will be more scrutinised in terms of excess carbon output. This means that this tax will help improve the efficiency of products produced in Ireland.
There will also be an incentive for companies to invest and develop technologies to help them achieve carbon neutrality.
Government plan of action
- For the average household:
Role out of smart micro meters on appliances to discourage electricity wastage i.e. paying more for boiling water that’s already boiled. http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=12601
-For the transport sector:
Have a national carpool incentive.
Employing the use of Tachometer
Tax on Excess carbon produced, forcing companies to think creatively and renew existing practices