Hawaii has the ambitious goal to reach 100% renewable energy by 2040.

HB1584 Relating to Carbon Emissions (Lowen). The bill would appropriate funds to the University of Hawaii for the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii to conduct a comprehensive study of a statewide carbon tax.

HB1579 Relating to Statewide Sustainability Initiatives (Wildberger).  The billl would implement a fee of $15 for every ton of carbon emitted starting on January 1, 2020. The money will be distributed throughout climate, energy, and environmental funds in the state to address issues such as renewable energy, electric vehicles, brownfields, green technology, job training, and sea level rise.

HB1463 Relating to Taxation (Rhoads). The bill would replace the environmental response, energy, and food security tax with a carbon tax. It would also repeal the state fuel tax. The new carbon tax would be $6.25 per ton of carbon emissions.

2018 Legislative Session

In January, 2018 Representative Kaniela Ing introduced HB 1991 which would impose a tax of $10 for every ton of carbon dioxide emitted from the use of fossil fuel. It would require 20% of the tax collected be deposited into the Environmental Response Revolving Fund.

Last updated February 5, 2019