By Jane Rickards in Taipei
Taiwan’s Premier Wu Den-yih this week urged the island’s Environmental Protection Agency to draw up plans for a cap-and-trade system. At a time when the US and Australia have all but abandoned the idea, Taiwan’s preparations for a green house gas emissions trading system could eventually resemble the one used by the European Union.
But two big obstacles stand in the way of making the system work: local businesses, and Beijing.
Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou has pledged to reduce Taiwan’s emissions levels to that of 2000 by 2025. Yet, while he is determined to introduce such a system and law makers from his ruling Kuomintang have a clear parliamentary majority, he may find it tough convincing local industries, which believe the move threatens their competitiveness, especially with respect to their rivals in neighbouring Asian nations.
The FT’s Lex on taxing mining companies:
A 40 per cent resource tax was Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd’s undoing. Chilean president Sebastián Piñera, whose proposed tax hike is linked to the price of copper, Chile’s biggest export, should avoid that fate. Australia’s Henry tax was reviled by miners, including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata and subsequently watered down. Yet Chile’s tax has evinced no such reaction from copper producers, including – unsurprisingly – state-owned Codelco, the world’s biggest producer. The differing reaction is best explained by the way the tax was proposed, even if the popular justifications are similar.
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