The Irish parliament has approved a carbon tax for sectors not covered by the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS), starting at €15 per tonne. The tax was one of several measures proposed by the government as part of its 2010 budget.
The CO2 tax will apply to transport fuels from Thursday. Petrol and diesel prices will increase by €0.042 and €0.049 per litre respectively as a result. The price of coal will increase by €1.79 per 40kg. There are no exemptions except for ETS sectors.
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