EU project promotes national carbon taxes for heating

National carbon taxes in sectors outside the EU’s carbon trading scheme will be needed to encourage the uptake of renewable heating, an EU-funded project has recommended

National carbon taxes in sectors outside the EU’s carbon trading scheme will be needed to encourage the uptake of renewable heating, an EU-funded project recommended on Monday.

Carbon taxes could help to phase out fossil fuels in buildings, according to a paper published as part of the FROnT project developing strategies for renewable heating and cooling deployment. Ideally, the tax should be set at EU level, but given previous failed attempts to get such legislation passed by unanimity in the EU Council, national schemes may be necessary, it adds.

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