Financial instruments

Without financial policy instruments such as charges, environmental taxes and fuel duty, efficient and cost-effective climate policy is virtually unthinkable.

Environmental taxes put a price on pollution, leading consumers and producers to make due allowance for the environment in their decision-making. Provided the price is sufficiently high and green alternatives are available, financial instruments can provide a constant incentive for making more efficient use of energy and other natural resources - and at the same time promote innovation in the Dutch economy.

The aim of CE Delft’s work on the theme of Financial instruments is to help government, industry and NGOs design and evaluate such instruments in the context of climate and environmental policy. Our work on this theme focuses on the following areas:   

  • ‘Fiscal greening’ of both national and local tax systems.
  • Reviewing the costs and achievements of financial instruments, whether ex-ante (beforehand), ex-durante (during) or ex-post (afterwards).
  • Assessing the impact of taxes on the overall tax burden, purchasing power and competitiveness, for consumers and industry.
  • Consultancy on the design of effective, cost-efficient and practicable environmental taxes.

In estimating these environmental and economic impacts we employ state-of-the-art assessment methods, economic models (E3ME), car ownership models (Dynamo) and extensive databases on elasticities of energy consumption and environmental behaviour. In this field CE Delft has built up a solid reputation as an independent and reliable consultancy.

Among the major studies carried out by CE Delft in this field are studies on greening the Dutch tax system (‘Tax Plan 2009’) and follow-up studies on reviewing the base of the private vehicle purchase tax. In doing so, CE Delft has demonstrated its ability to develop concrete, valuable and practicable options for greening the tax system. Over the years it has also contributed to the work of the Netherlands Tax Study Commission on future greening of the country’s tax system.

Our clients

CE Delft supports national ministries, international bodies and NGOs on policy preparation and implementation. Our clients include the Dutch ministries of Infrastructure & Environment, Finance and Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Court of Audit, the Dutch Taskforce on Biodiversity, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Dutch Banking Association and the Dutch Parliament. Many of the studies concerned were instigated by interdepartmental policy committees.

Your contact

For more information, please contact Martijn Blom