Denmark wants to introduce a carbon tax on livestock

When announcing the news, Danish Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, whose statements are reported by CNN, did not hide his enthusiasm. “With today’s agreement, we are investing billions in the biggest transformation of the Danish landscape in recent times, the politician declared on Tuesday June 25 in a press release. And at the same time, we will be the first country in the world to apply a carbon tax to agriculture.”

Indeed, in 2022, the New Zealand government announced a similar measure, but ultimately, the change of majority in Wellington led to the abandonment of the project. In Denmark, however, “this taxation should be approved by Parliament this year”, understands the American media, which then details how this measure works.

“The tax, which will be introduced in 2030, will amount to 16 euros per tonne of CO equivalent2 emitted by livestock, and it will increase to 40 euros in 2035,” specifies the information site. The revenues generated will be donated to a fund dedicated to supporting the green transition of the livestock industry for at least two years, and then an evaluation of the results of this measure will be made by the executive.

This step seems necessary, since, as indicated on his side The Guardian, in itself, “the proposed Danish tax imposes an amount lower than the social cost of emitting a tonne of greenhouse gas as estimated by experts”. However, the English media believes that this measure may not be the most important thing, could still encourage the adoption of cleaner agricultural practices”.

Encouraging the transition to other types of cultures is what is necessary for the progressive newspaper, which recalls that “Agriculture is responsible for about a third of the planet’s thermal pollution, almost half of which comes from animals.” It remains to be seen whether this measure will be able to withstand the pressure exerted by farmers, who, at the start of the year, showed, through demonstrations across Europethat they could push back governments and the European Union on ecological measures.

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