Ukraine introduces a tax on the dirt

Dirt will be expensive for the citizens of Ukraine

In brief: Dirt becomes the object of taxation in Ukraine. Kiev has decided to recall the Kyoto treaty. No real environmental policy will sharply reduce earnings of our exporters

Dual power, which is installed on a system of state management of environmental investments and internal carbon markets, runs the risk that the Ukrainian economy by 2015 would wipe about $ 9 billion, and in the international trading system for greenhouse gas emissions will increase distrust of the country.

Ukraine does not stand up to international competition for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, which would have allowed not only to improve the environmental situation, but also to attract additional investments in the national economy. “Ukraine is still not a full-fledged player in the international arena for trading greenhouse gas emissions,” – said Sergey Orlenko, head of the National Environmental Investment Agency, the presentation of the first Ukrainian analytical report on countering global climate change in the context of the Kyoto agreements. One reason for this negative trend, he said, stems from the fact that tackling climate change in Ukraine is coordinated by two agencies – the Ministry of Natural Resources. “From its inception until the end of April 2010 Natsekoinvestagentstva activities under the supervision of Ministry of Environment, which in its composition has a corresponding unit. Recognizing the critical importance and unprecedented tasks assigned Natsekoinvestagentstvu, the new government of Ukraine in April. PM reassign it directly to the Cabinet “, – said in the report, which had been coordinated by the National Institute of Strategic Studies under the Presidential Administration. Its authors recommend to Cabinet to eliminate the dualism that emerged in the system of governance in climate change issues, and delegate authority exclusively Natsekoinvestagentstvu.

“At the Ministry of Environment to implement the measures under the Kyoto Protocol to hope in vain: there are no professionals. While climate change will be engaged in several structures of the state will not be confused. Because of the dual power operation the state authorities in this area is like a conversation of people from another planet whose knowledge was limited by the phrase: “Yes, we know, this is where the big money”, – said Tatiana Timochko, head of the All-Ukrainian Environmental League. International trading in greenhouse gas emissions, according to experts, is a powerful stimulus to strengthen the environmental orientation of the business. Opportunities for creating carbon markets and trading of CO2 were laid the Kyoto Protocol. “The main disadvantage of the mechanism of trading in Ukraine is a distrust of the international community … It is believed that the remaining quota of Ukraine did not appear due to targeted interventions to reduce emissions, but because of production decline in 1990,” – noted in the report to counter global climate change. According to its authors, pragmatic position of Ukraine in talks to raise funds from the sale of a quota of 900 million tonnes of CO2 will attract the country’s economy at least $ 9 billion by 2015. And an ineffective government policy will result in the Ukrainian economy will suffer because of the so-called carbon protectionism, which is gaining momentum in the EU. Where are increasingly heard statements that are supported mainly by France and Italy, about the need for the introduction of special taxes on products imported from countries that do not implement policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. First and foremost, it concerns production of metallurgical, chemical and cement industries.

Igor Tringlers
2010-06-13 23:41, Economics.

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One comment к “Ukraine introduces a tax on the dirt”

  1. Gé van Gasteren Says:

    1. The English in your articles is so terrible that it’s almost useless to post them. A properly written summary in two sentences would give more information. Get a better translation service!
    2. Insert a link to the original Ukrainian or Russian article, please. Then I can check what was really said, either directly or by using Google Translate.
    3. Your sentence “Editorial board never agrees with authors.” is hilarious! That means that you always disagree with the articles!

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