Road pricing is not always green

  • Mogens Fosgerau Technical University of Denmark, Institute for Transport Studies
  • Thomas C. Jensen Technical University of Denmark
Keywords: road pricing, congestion, demand, cliamte change


This paper analyses a tax reform, explicitly conceived by policy makers to be climate-friendly, that partly replaces a high vehicle registration tax by road user charging and allows for differentiation of the remaining registration tax by fuel efficiency. A tight microeconomic framework is proposed to analyze such a reform. For the case of Denmark, the analysis shows that the reform is likely to yield a significant and robust welfare gain. However, it seems not unlikely that CO2 emissions may increase as a result of the reform.