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New CO2 regulations in Chile

Chile is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that aims to stabilize the greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2. Chile also signed the Kyoto Protocol, an addendum to the convention which establishes emission targets for different commitment periods. However, the Protocol does not impose specific laws or regulations that signing countries must adopt, leaving the way to meet the targets up to local regulation.

Regarding local regulations, we can distinguish between different categories:

Special Taxes

The new tax reform, contained in Law 20.780, includes a new tax imposed over a series of emissions, including carbon dioxide. This tax only apples to establishments with fixed stationary sources, conformed by turbines and boilers, that individually or as a group add a thermal potency higher or equal to 50 thermic megawatts.

There exist a series of Decrees that regulate the functioning and collection of this tax. Furthermore, the sources subject to this tax must register on the RETC, according to what is stipulated on Decree 1/2013, Regulation of the RETC.

A number of emission standards involve carbon dioxide, which apply to specific emission sources:

As was explained, the majority of existing regulations refer to emissions or specific situations, there is not an ample or specific rule that control for CO2. This can change in the future, considering the focus on global warming and the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol. Besides those new regulations, there is no other new regulation in Chile in regard to CO2.

Last modified: 19/08/2019

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