The UK government yesterday stressed its commitment to using fiscal measures to achieve environmental protection. Finance minister Gordon Brown announced several environmental tax changes and released a strategy on economic instruments and the environment.
Included in the preview of next spring's budget statement was a new long-term target for the tax on waste landfilling of UK£35 (€55) per tonne, nearly triple the current rate. Proposed annual increases should mean it is achieved by 2010. Some announcement on waste taxes had been expected (EED 24/10/02).
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