Outdated energy tax rules hamper EU climate ambitions

European rules on energy taxation dating back to 2003 are no longer in step with the EU's climate policy and may hinder investment in clean energy technology, the European Commission has said

European rules on energy taxation dating back to 2003 are no longer in step with the EU's climate and environment policy and may hinder investment in clean energy technology, the European Commission said on Thursday.

An evaluation of the Energy Taxation Directive (ETD), which sets out basic rules on the taxation of transport and heating fuels and electricity, concluded there was no link between minimum tax rates for fuels and their energy content or CO2 emissions.

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