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Lasse Toft Christensen
Lasse Toft is a Research Officer with the Global Subsidies Initiative of IISD, specializing in energy subsidies, their environmental, social and fiscal impacts as well as their reform. Recent work has focused on gasoline and diesel pricing and LPG subsidy reform. Mr. Toft leads IISD’s Indonesia country programme and works closely with the government to promote the phase out of subsidies. Mr. Toft is also IISD’s focal point and provides analytical support to the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, a group a countries committed to raising energy subsidy reform on the international agenda. Moreover, Mr. Toft is working on issues related to coal, electricity and renewable energy to investigate whether current subsidies to coal are justified and whether additional policies are needed to make renewable energy competitive to reflect the true cost of energy. Prior to joining IISD, Mr. Toft worked in the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, the United States Congress and the Danish Parliament.
- Indonesia's Financially Sustainable Electricity SectorThis paper reviews the ability of Indonesia’s electricity sector to meet the country’s need for electricity in a financially sustainable way.
- Ten Things You Need to Know About Electricity Subsidies in Indonesia Subsidies for electricity cost Indonesia billions of dollars a year, much of that benefitting wealthy households. Here's what you need to know...
- Building on Momentum: Recommendations from the GSI for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform at the G20This policy brief examines the progress made to phase-out inefficient and wasteful fossil fuel subsidies, the increasing momentum behind subsidy reform in international processes and the steps needed to ensure that the commitment is met.
- International Experiences With LPG Subsidy Reform This report investigates international experience and best practices on how to reform liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) subsidies, with a focus on countries’ efforts to ensure that energy access is not compromised by higher LPG prices.
- Tackling Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Change: Levelling the energy playing fieldSubsidies for the consuption of fossil fuels were estimated at US$550 billion in 2013, according to the International Energy Agency.
- Impact of fossil fuel subsidies on renewable electricity generation (webinar)This presentation from the Global Subsidies Initiative will explore in more detail the impact that fossil fuel subsidies have on renewable...