6th ITD Global Conference 

Tax and the Environment • 1-3 July 2015, Paris, France 


This year’s conference focused on Tax and the Environment, an issue of growing importance and one which we anticipate will be both relevant and timely in the lead up to the COP21 meeting in November 2015.

Environmental policy objectives, including reduction of the expected costs of climate change, curbing health damage from pollution, and improving the quality of the environment, rank high on policy agendas.  Taxes are one among several policy instruments to help attain these objectives.

The conference explored what steps can be taken to harness the power of tax policy and tax administration for delivering cost-effective environmental protection and sustainability, including fiscal sustainability.  It addressed the potential and the limitations of taxation to tackle major environmental challenges, including but not limited to climate change, covering sectors where environmental policy needs are most pressing.  The focus was on policy in practice, in particular sharing country experiences on tax administration, distributional concerns, and impacts on competitiveness. 




Conference 2015

The official press release for the 2015 ITD conference is available in English, French and Spanish from the link below:

→ Conference 2015 Press Release

→ Read Angel Gurría's opening remarks





The conference was held from 1 to 3 July. Sessions were a combination of high level panels, presentations and open floor discussion. Speakers included Ministers of Finance, Tax Commissioners, prominent academics and leading industry experts.

→ Agenda (Français, Español)

→ Speakers





The conference was hosted by the ITD. The OECD is responsible for conference logistics.

The ITD is a joint initiative of the European Commission (EC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank Group (WBG) and Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT).

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