Copenhagen acknowledges big CO2 leakage tied to German carbon tax

The Danish tax ministry deems that Germany's CO2 tax will, taken in isolation, add 1.55 million tonnes of carbon emissions ahead of 2026 resulting from a rise in cross-border diesel refueling.

"Taken in isolation, Germany's CO2 quota system will increases diesel sales in Denmark and thereby raise CO2 emissions," writes Danish Tax Minister Morten Bødskov | Photo: Jens Dresling

Being that Denmark – unlike Germany – has not opted to introduce a CO2 tax on fuels, carbon emissions in the Scandinavian country will end up surging 1.55 million tonnes due to increased refueling across the border, writes Danish Minister of Taxation Morten Bødskov in a parliamentary document.

"The German quota system will, taken in isolation, increase diesel sales in Denmark and thereby also CO2 emissions," Bødskov writes.

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