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Climate Transition: Ghana is on the int’l scene begging not to be taxed but domestically we’re introducing Emission Levy – Daryl Bosu

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Daryl Bosu on Emmission tax

Deputy National Director of A Rocha Ghana, Daryl Bosu is surprised that at a time that Ghana is on the international stage asking that climate transition must be just because African countries are the least emitters of carbon, it is asking its citizens to pay Emission Levy as part of domestic revenue mobilization.

Daryl Bosu rejected the Emission Levy after describing it as a blanket tax price.

The Emission levy was passed by Ghana’s Parliament last year and was expected to take effect from Thursday, February 1, 2024, but couldn’t due to technical issues.

The Act will impose a levy on carbon dioxide equivalent emissions on internal combustion engine vehicles. The implementation of the emissions levy aims to promote the adoption of eco-friendly technology and green energy, contributing to improved environmental management and the control of air and water pollution, according to the Ghana Revenue Authority.

The Authority stated that individuals obligated to pay the Emissions Levy must complete the registration process and make the levy payments exclusively through the ghana.gov platform.

Speaking on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3 on Wednesday, January 31, Mr Daryl Bosu, said “first of all the levy is unjust because we are in an international conference saying that climate transition must be just and so don’t tax us in Africa because we are least responsible so why come back home and impose the tax.

“If you look at the whole global community only about 27 developed countries have actually imposed carbon tax directly on their citizens and there are several other carbon trading schemes around in the world. In Africa, it is only South Africa that has got a semblance of a carbon tax that is in operation.

“So we really need to understand that there are several other schemes that we can use and other countries are using that.”

He further suggested other ways the government could have gone about this issue.

“If the government really needs to deal with emissions from sectors of the economy because they think they are high emitters of carbon, there are other schemes that the government could have used. One of them has been the ‘cap and tray’ scheme.

“Where for the particular sector you set a threshold and so as an entity in this particular sector don’t emit beyond this threshold if you do then we are forced to tax you. that would have been better than a blanket tax price for almost every citizen, this is going to affect every sector of our economy.”

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