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Ten Cents Charged Per Plastic Bag

A plastic bag tax has been announced, in a bid to safeguard the environment. Ten cents will be charged per bag used in order to reduce plastic waste and usage
30 Jun 2017 11:04
Ten Cents Charged Per Plastic Bag
Mitieli Ligairi with friend Viliame Molidegai (left) clean up the Suva Point foreshore area on May 11, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A plastic bag tax has been announced, in a bid to safeguard the environment.

Ten cents will be charged per bag used in order to reduce plastic waste and usage in Fiji. As an alternative, the ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism will introduce reusable bags for shoppers through the Fijian-Made campaign.

Together with this, a host of climate change related initiatives were announced last night by the Minister For Economy and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Fiji is currently leading the global effort to reduce the harmful carbon emissions that are resulting in climate change, as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama serves as President of ongoing United Nations climate negotiations, COP23. As President of COP23, Fiji is seeking the full implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and to preserve the multilateral consensus for decisive action to address the underlying causes of climate change.

While Fiji’s own contribution to the global carbon footprint remains low, the 2017–2018 budget also contains numerous provisions that will ensure Fiji does its part to reduce carbon emissions and preserve our natural environment.

The total allocation towards climate related projects is $319,859,394 with 36 projects designated as climate adaptation and 13 as climate mitigation.

Policy Initiatives:

Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy: The levy directly funds environmental protection and climate resilience programmes. The levy is designed to apply mainly to visitors to Fiji.

A special fund will be established to better utilise funds generated by the levy to finance environment and climate change related projects;

The 12.5 per cent tax on the charter of super yachts has been removed and replaced with the Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy. The levy is ten per cent.

Social Responsibility Tax Reapportionment: The social responsibility tax is imposed on any individual that has a chargeable income of over $270,000. Ten per cent of the tax revenue is now reapportioned to the environment and climate adaptation levy fund to increase the amount available to fund environmental protection and climate-related initiatives.

Issuance of Green Bonds: Government has partnered with the International Finance Corporation and the Reserve Bank of Fiji to issue $100million in Green Bonds that will raise capital to fund projects that have environmental benefits, including renewable energy, low carbon transport and forestry projects. The bonds are scheduled to be launched prior to Fiji’s presidency of COP23 in November.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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