The Carbon Tax in Ireland

After many years of talk and conjecture, the Irish Government have introduced a carbon tax on transport (Diesel and Petrol) and thermal (heating) fuels. This year the rate set is €15 per tonne. This is about the middle of the rates that I had heard suggested.

Electricity isn’t included because all electricity generators are already included in a scheme called the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

“But I don’t burn CO2… so why would I care?” you say! Sorry but when you use a fuel such as coal, gas or petrol, it emits CO2. Different fuels emit different amounts, with Coal being very bad and Natural Gas being not as bad.

The Carbon Tax was added to transport fuels the day after the budget (December 10th)

The tax will come into effect on oil and gas in May

It has yet to be decided when it will take effect on solid fuels (coal and turf). I expect this is because it will be the hardest to implement.

So how much is this €15/tonne in reality? Well here is a rough idea –

Fuel commonly sold in quantities of Which would cost € Tax will lead to an increase of So that increase in % terms
Petrol Litre 1.19 4.2cent 3.5%
Auto-Diesel Litre 1.10 4.9cent 4.4%
Kerosene 1,000 Litres 516 € 43.14 8.4%
Market Gas Oil 1,000 Litres 539 € 46.87 8.7%
LPG 1,000 Litres 720 € 27.97 3.9%
Fuel Oil 1,000 Litres 600 € 52.15 8.7%
Natural Gas M3 (13,750kWh) 800 € 47.86 6.0%
Peat Briquettes Bale 3.85 39cent 10.1%
Coal Bag (40kg) 16.20 € 1.79 11.1%

As a greenie… I’m in favour of this. In theory the money (330million they say) should be spent on projects to reduce emissions and save us from “the Climate Change”. So that should mean more grants for light bulbs, planting trees and buying boats! I’ll keep you posted on it!

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3 Responses to The Carbon Tax in Ireland

  1. rogerthesurf says:

    There might be global warming or cooling but the important issue is whether we, as a human race, can do anything about it.

    There are a host of porkies and not very much truth barraging us everyday so its difficult to know what to believe.

    I think I have simplified the issue in an entertaining way on my blog which includes discussion on the CO2 issue and climategate.

    http://www.rogerfromnewzealand.wordpress.com

    Please feel welcome to visit and leave a comment.

    Cheers

    Roger

    PS In my country a porky is not a fat person but refers to a statement or assertion of gross falsehood or extreme exaggeration.

  2. vigo says:

    This tax will hit the poorest hardest.
    It will stall and damage Irelands already failing economy.
    It is doubtful that the money will be spent on planting broadleaf trees – Ireland is the least wooded country in the EU.
    The EU and the Dail in all its time did not encourage the planting of amenity woodland.
    There is no evidence that spaces will be created for woodland.
    Energy saving lightbulbs are already very cheap and can be bought for as little as a euro so grants are unecessary.

    The poorest, the old, students, those on a low income will freeze and prices will rise as a result of the tax on fuel.

    Not only this, but there are year on year plans to continually hike up the tax.

    In every way this is bad for Ireland.

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