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Netherlands Passes Carbon-Based Packaging Tax

The Netherlands has passed a first-of-its-kind carbon-based tax on packaging that will mean higher costs for processors, Sustainable is Good reports. It’s due to be implemented in January and could start an EU-wide move to force companies to add CO2 emissions to the list of criteria they use when choosing their packaging.

The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment will calculate the tax based onthe CO2 emissions from the production of each kilogram of packaging material put into the Netherlands market and presumably, the embedded carbon content of the packaging.

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