World Bank To Suggest Global Carbon Tax on Airline, Shipping Fuel (Paid by You)

Sunday, June 5, 2011
By Paul Martin

Gerard Wynn
Reuters
Sunday, June 5, 2011

BONN, Germany, June 5 (Reuters) – The World Bank will suggest a global levy on jet and shipping fuel in recommendations to G20 governments later this year on raising climate finance, a senior official said on Sunday.

Developed countries have already written off chances of agreement on a new binding deal at a U.N. conference in Durban this year, placing a new focus on piecemeal efforts including fund-raising.

Binding targets under the Kyoto Protocol cap the greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 40 industrialised countries but expire in 2012 and now look unlikely to be extended in time.

The World Bank is focusing on a levy on shipping and jet fuels in a report to G20 finance minister in October, among other efforts to keep climate action on track.

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