Green MP Yves Cochet makes no reference to the government's decision last week to cut oil taxes in the face of popular unrest (ENDS 6 September). His report recommends increasing fossil fuel taxes, but with a radical twist: tax rates should trend upwards but vary according to crude oil prices, rising when they are low and falling when they rise, Mr Cochet suggests. A three-year national tax plan published at the end of August promised to introduce some type of flexibility to fuel taxation.
The report also suggests a new tax on electric heating, financial aid for improved insulation in homes, more funding for rail freight and public transport as well as mandatory 130 kilometres per hour speed limiters on all cars.
On renewable energy, Mr Cochet says that France should adopt a "feed-in" system of price supports, similar to Germany, in a bid to increase the pace of the sector's growth. Feed-in systems have been very effective in Germany and Spain in boosting renewables, but are frowned on by EU competition authorities.
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