Call for papers/Abstract

CEU San Pablo University, Faculty of Law and the Institute for European Studies, in cooperation with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, invite the submission of papers and abstracts for the 19th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET19), to be held in Madrid, Spain, on 26-28 September 2018. The theme for the conference is Environmental Tax Challenges in the 21st Century: Urban Concentration and Increasing Transport.

The concentration of the majority of the world’s population in large cities and the ever increasing transport of people and goods, both international and local, are according to international organizations among the most pressing environmental challenges in the 21st century. The UN estimates that by 2050 around 6.4 billion people will be living in urban centres. Two thirds of the final energy demand is linked to urban consumption and up to 70 % of the CO2 emissions will be generated in cities. Transport already accounts for about a quarter of the global energy-related carbon emissions and its contribution is rising faster than that of any other energy end-use sector. This implies that transport related carbon emissions could double by 2050.

The increasing urban concentration and transportation are closely related, interdependent and create a socio-cultural reality that will persist for decades rendering a close examination of their environmental problems and solutions critical. The evidence concerning how globalisation has affected activity levels in maritime shipping, aviation and road and rail freight has led to the need to review the role of economic instruments to address climate change challenges.

Environmental policies are needed to address the interrelated environmental impacts of urban concentration and transport  in the context of growing globalisation and address a wide array of issues including the production, transport and supply of energy and water; the water purification and recovery techniques and waste treatment; the selection of packaging materials and their design; the design of cities and construction techniques for buildings for different uses, rehabilitation techniques; different modes of urban transport; town planning; landscape protection; various means of land, sea and air transport, as well as port, airport and transport facilities in general; and education for a better internalisation of environmental needs and the development of capacities to adequately address these needs.

The GCET19 aims to address these issues from the perspective of environmental taxes in a broad sense, including not only environmental taxes as such but also the use of other market based instruments, public expenditure policies, and tax incentives and their role in steering activities towards medium and long-term sustainable practices and towards the improvement of the environmental policies. The GCET19 aims to address the issue vertically, taking into account local, regional, state and international, bilateral or multilateral policies and actions, but horizontal approach to the problems is also welcome.

Abstracts and papers should be submitted on how environmental taxation, broadly defined, can play a role in a wide range of topics within a broad range of topics including:

  • Climate change related issues (air pollution, CCS, fettering exhaust gases, increasing efficiency of industrial process, low carbon transport systems and vehicles)
  • Renewable energy production and energy consumption (renewable sources, low energy buildings, increasing efficiency)
  • Environmental impacts of global urbanisation and mitigation strategies
  • Environmental impacts of public and private transport (well-design transport infrastructures and networks, public and private vehicles, trains, airplanes, shipping transport, economic instruments as preparatory measures for the future ban of petrol and diesel cars’ sales)
  • Smart cities and urban design
  • Buildings environmental design
  • Well-designed energy networks
  • Urban warning and mitigation strategies
  • Land shortage for housing (architecture design, multifunctional buildings)
  • Water sector (pollution and recycling; water resources and purification, desalination, rainwater harvesting)
  • Solid waste pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Biodiversity and protection areas
  • Concentration of industry
  • Production of food within or in the immediate hinterland
  • Education

All abstracts must be submitted in word format to the conference email at: [email protected]

The submission deadline is 30 April 2018. Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis, so that early notification might be made allowing participants to register early for the conference.

Format and style of abstracts:


To be presented in Times New Roman (TNR) of 11 pt., double space, left alignment.

Document tittle:

To be presented in TNR 11 pt., centred and capital letters.


The name of the author and co-authors in TNR of 11 pt., bold and centred, and should be placed below the title. The name of the presenting author must be underlined.


To be numbered in increasing order and their corresponding titles in TNR of 11 pt. and bold. Within each section, the titles of the subsections must be in TNR of 11 pt.


Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. No figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes or other references should be included in the abstract.

Accepted papers should not exceed 6,000 words, including figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes and other references.

After an abstract is accepted the submission deadline for draft papers is 15 August 2018.

GCET19 Young Researcher Award: One of the key objectives of the GCET19 is the promotion of junior contributions and the fostering of state-of-the art scientific research. Accordingly, any student or researcher younger than 35 can be a candidate for the “GCET19 Young Researcher Award”. Proof of age needs to be submitted (scanned copy of a government identification to be uploaded, file named as (Your initial_2018_ID).


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