Recent announcements from the Australian Prime Minister have attracted much attention in the media. This has no doubt unnerved many business owners and managers as they assess the potential impact of the proposed Carbon Tax due 1st July 2012. In many conversations I have had recently I have been asked what is the Carbon Tax and so I thought I would post some basic info in response.
What is a Carbon Tax?
A Carbon tax is a form of pollution tax. It levies a fee on the production, distribution or use of fossil fuels based on how much carbon their combustion emits. The government sets a price per tonne on carbon, then translates it into a tax on electricity, natural gas or oil. Because the tax makes using dirty fuels more expensive, it encourages utilities, businesses and individuals to reduce consumption and increase energy efficiency. Carbon tax also makes alternative energy more cost-competitive with cheaper, polluting fuels like coal, natural gas and oil.
The main impact on business will be in the form of electricity price rises. However prices are already on the increase due to the massive roll-out of electricity infrastructure upgrades. So energy efficiency will need to be considered by every business both now and into the future.
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