Last update: 22.12.2009
Norway moves to eliminate biodiesel road tax exemption
Source : biofuelsdigest.com
In Norway, the national government has proposed to remove the road tax exemption for biodiesel. A similar move in Germany two years ago virtually killed off the German biodiesel industry. The Government said that "Health and environmental emissions from road traffic will vary depending on choice of fuel. Biodiesel counts as a climate neutral fuel and is therefore exempted from the CO2-tax. Road traffic has in general other negative consequences for the welfare of society. In addition to health- and environmentally damaging emissions, it leads to accidents (death, personal and material damage) road congestion (loss of time for businesses and individuals), noise (annoyance and health problems), and road wear and tear (increased maintenance). Costs related to accidents, congestion, noise and road wear and tear are independent of choice of fuel. Driving based on biodiesel also contributes to these road-related negative consequences. This is the reason why it is reasonable to tax biofuels."
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26 November 2009 |
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