(cepInput) Environmental Taxation in France


Despite the Corona crisis, the EU Commission is sticking to its Green Deal, for which environmental taxes in Europe will also play a role, and perhaps even more so than before. In this background, cepFrance has prepared an overview and analysis of the system of French environmental taxes.


In France there is a wide range of environmental taxes, especially for the transport sector. The bonus-malus system is considered relatively successful in reducing CO2 emissions from new vehicles, although rebound effects reduce its effectiveness. In addition, the country has also increased its non-energy environmental taxes this year. A further increase is recommended but would require improving the social acceptability of these taxes, which could be achieved by redistributing part of their revenue to households and industries.