Brent Cloete from DNA Economics will discuss the motivation for a carbon tax, its history around the world, its likely economic, social and environmental impacts and the considerations for an optimal tax design.
Peet du Plooy from TIPS will then consider the role that a carbon tax could potentially play as an instrument of macro-economic policy and its role in terms of the international climate negotiations.
About Brent Cloete:
Brent Cloete is an Economist at DNA Economics (http://www.dnaeconomics.com). Brent has provided strategy and advisory services to a number of public and private sector clients in South Africa and has worked on issues in a number of African countries including manufacturing diversification in Mozambique, trade facilitation in East Africa, prospects for economic recovery in Zimbabwe, and an organisational review of priority ministries in Rwanda. His current focus is on climate change economics. Brent led a team working on a study for the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) on the potential use of economic instruments to mitigate climate change in South Africa. He is currently part of a team assisting the WWF with its strategy to guide South Africa towards a low-carbon economy, and is involved in a project to evaluate and manage the impact of climate change on the South African fruit and wine industry. Brent holds an M.Comm in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch.
About Peet du Plooy:
Peet is the manager of the Sustainable Development project at TIPS. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria. After working in energy R&D at the national utility Eskom, he joined the global environmental NGO, WWF, as Trade & Investment Advisor for South Africa. He was elected in 2009 as chair of the South African green industries association, the Environmental Goods and Services Forum. His areas of expertise are networked infrastructure (including energy, transport and ICT) and the economics of sustainability.