Germany is considering introducing a
new carbon emissions tax to help reduce
production of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, Der
Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, 5 April.
The economy ministry confirmed the report to
Reuters, saying a council of economic advisers had been asked to investigate a
possible system for pricing carbon dioxide emissions.
The advisers have long called for some form of
carbon emissions pricing and had in the past advocated introducing a form of
harmonised pricing for carbon used in electricity generation, transport and
heating, Der Spiegel said.
"Work is currently underway to commission
the expert council to carry out an assessment," a ministry spokesman said.
"The assessment will explore a possible system of carbon dioxide pricing.
The further details are still being discussed."