Today, EU sets the minimum level for energy taxation with different thresh holds for gas, coal and oil. In addition most member states inEuropehave very different principles for energy taxation that gives. Considering that: “The EU has set itself a series of demanding, legally binding climate and energy targets to be met by 2020.”
The commission has recently proposed new principles for the taxation and the proposal is now being reviewed. You can find the document here.
If I understand the proposal correctly the energy taxation will in the future put a common minimum level for all energy “sources” independently of origin and purpose of usage, including heating, motor fuel, electricity and similar. The energy tax will be set as a tax of about 0.15 Euro per MWh.
The purpose of the tax is to provide the same incentive to save energy all overEurope.
At the same time a CO2 taxation is introduced and fixed to 20 Euro per tonne CO2. Again the same principles applies for all fossil CO2 and independently of whether the emissions occurs in a vehicle or in a stationary power plant.