Annual CBS International Tax Conference 2022 – Cross-Border Issues of Tax Policies Preventing Climate Change

CBS LAW has the honour of welcoming a group of very distinguished speakers to this year’s conference. The confirmed speakers are:

  •  Kurt van Dender, Head of the Tax and Environment Unit, Senior Tax Economist, OECD.
  •  Niels Kleis Frederiksen, Chief Counsel, the Danish Ministry of Taxation.
  •  Lars Gårn Hansen, Professor of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen; Member of the Chairmanship of the Danish Economic Council.
  •  Jeroen Lammers, External PhD Candidate in Tax Law, University of Amsterdam; External Lecturer in Tax Law, CBS LAW;  Partner at Dr2 Consultants Copenhagen.
  •  Tarcísio Diniz Magalhães, Assistant Research Professor in Digitalization and Taxation, UAntwerp, Faculty of Law (Business & Law Research Group).
  •  Marilyne Sadowsky, Associate Professor of Tax Law (Maître de Conférences), University Panthéon-Sorbonne.
  •  Peter Koerver Schmidt, Professor with Special Responsibilities in Tax Law, CBS LAW.
  •  An Theeuwes, Chair of the Green Tax Working Group, BUSINESS EUROPE; Co-Chair of the ICC Working Group on Carbon Pricing Mechanisms.

The speakers will discuss international tax law and policy concerning climate change. Moreover, the speakers will discuss how the development and coordination of policy instruments and supporting legislation can contribute effectively in reducing global GHG emissions by 2030 while navigating the risk of economic recession.

Deadline for registrering: senest 21. nov. 22 kl. 23.00 på

Prisen er DKK 250 for hele arrangementet, gratis for studerende og CBS ansatte.


To prevent and avoid disastrous effects from climate change a progressive transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is generally regarded as essential. Many countries have adopted ambitious goals in their national legislation to achieve this goal. For example, Denmark passed legislation with an ambition to reduce GHG emissions by 70% by 2030.

There is strong consensus amongst countries that tax policy instruments will be essential in achieving net zero GHG emissions in 2050, as well as the intermediate national 2030 legislative goals. However, as of yet the combined national emission reduction commitments and policies fall short of the results needed to stave off the negative impacts of climate change. The OECD and European Commission are therefore looking to coordinate tax policy instruments on an international level to boost effectiveness and stimulate the wide legal adoption of such tax instruments. With G20 countries accounting for around 80% of GHG emission, the G20/OECD has expressed a wish to form an Inclusive Framework for global coordination of the taxation of GHG emissions with the aim to have broad global cooperation that extends well beyond the OECD membership.

Currently, there is not enough international tax policy discussion on how to achieve the goals, while preserving levels of prosperity and well-being, growth, and employment on both the international and national level. Such a discussion should go beyond merely carbon pricing and/or environmental taxation solutions. For example, to truly decarbonise production processes and move from a linear to a circular economy model, innovation stimuli should also be considered as part of the policy mix.

A fundamental question to be answered is if tax instruments, for both pricing-in external costs as well as stimulating innovation, are in fact the best available policy tools to get the job done. And if so, how does one coordinate these (tax) policy instruments in such a way internationally so that the GHG emission levels are effectively and sustainably reduced on a global level? In answering these questions, one has to also address and/or navigate several complicating factors. For instance:

1.       The time until 2030 in which to achieve fundamental changes in society is very short, perhaps too short for tax instruments to affect enough change in behaviour.

2.       While the world economy is still recovering from the impact of COVID-19, it is now also reeling from the speed at which interest rates are rising, and rates of inflation are increasing while the threat of a protracted war in Europe is looming. The question is where the necessary public and private investments to achieve the climate goals will come from in such an economic environment.

3.       And even when 1 and 2 are solved, there is a structural shortage on the labour market to implement the practical solutions on a scale needed to make a significant impact.

4.       How the necessary regulation and legislation can be shaped, enacted, and coordinated in time while having to navigate the political landscape of multiple countries

This conference aims therefore to promote the international tax law and policy discussion concerning climate change and tax policy, and concretely contribute to the development of policy instruments and supporting legislation that can act quickly and decisively without pushing the world economy in a recession that would make the necessary enormous (mostly private) investments illusory

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23 nov 2022


9:00 - 18:00


Copenhagen Business School , SPs12 Ørsted Auditorium
Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg
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