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China to Include CO2 Charges in Environmental Taxes, Xinhua Says

China, the biggest carbon emissions producer, will include taxes on the greenhouse gas as part of environmental protection charges, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Environmental protection taxes will replace current charges on pollution and be collected by local authorities, Xinhua said today, citing Jia Chen, head of the Ministry of Finance tax department. The rates and timeline weren’t disclosed. China may also expand its resources tax to include water, Xinhua reported.

The government earlier planned to exclude carbon emissions from its changes to tax on pollution, the Economic Information Daily said Aug. 22, citing an unidentified government official.

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