Fossil-Fuel Events

GSI Event - Building a Sustainable Electricity Sector in China

In 2014 China cut coal use for the first time in more than half a century while investments in renewable energy increased by a reported 39% to US$ 83 billion. To discuss this ongoing shift from coal to renewable energy, IISD and the IFCE will host an event in Beijing on 16th September. The event will include experts from government agencies, academia and civil society.

Building a Network for Action on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, International Civil Society Dialogue

London—1-2 September—Civil society organizations from across the world gathered in London from September 1-2 to discuss $544 billion government spending on consumer fossil-fuel subsidies, and the at least $100 billion on producer fossil-fuel subsidies. Participants discussed the size of subsidies, their reform and the impacts of fossil-fuel subsides on sustainable development. The audience included around 65 participants from 25 countries, with participation via video conference from Australia and Egypt. 

GSI at the Asia Clean Energy Forum - Lessons Learnt from Asia

Manila—20th June—This year, the Asian Development Bank's Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) included a special session on fossil-fuel subsidies hosted by the Global Subsidies Initiative. The session provided an important perspective on the pursuit of clean energy in Asia, emphasizing that alongside the Forum's general focus—policies to promote renewable energy technologies, energy conservation and efficiency—it is equally important to identify and remove the policies that undermine and obstruct these objectives. Speakers included experts from the GSI, ADB, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

GSI Workshop - Support to Large-Scale Oil & Gas Projects in the Russian Arctic

Moscow—3rd July—When it comes to large-scale oil and gas projects, the general public often sees only the tip of the iceberg in terms of information and analysis on a project’s expected social benefits and costs. The roundtable discussion on “Government Support to Upstream Oil & Gas” aimed to shed light on the underwater part of two such icebergs: first, the Yamal Liquefied Natural Gas plant and field development; and, second, the Prirazlomnoe offshore oil project, both in the Russian Arctic.

UNEP-GSI-GIZ-IMF Event: Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies for an Inclusive Green Economy

Nairobi―28-29th April―A two day workshop took place on ‘Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies for an Inclusive Green Economy,’ hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and supported by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI), the German development agency GIZ and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

COP19 Side-Event: Reaping Emissions Reductions from Fossil- Fuel Subsidy Reform

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | Time: 18:30 – 20:00 Room Gdansk, National Stadium, Warsaw

Event flyer (PDF - 1.32 MB)

The benefits of fossil-fuel subsidy reform are well established. Eliminating harmful fossil-fuel subsidies improves country fiscal balances, minimizes market distortions, encourages private investment, reduces the disproportionate accrual of subsidies to wealthier sectors of society, and frees up scarce public resources for better uses.

IISD Holds Discussion on the Costs and Benefits of Subsidies to Upstream Oil and Gas Projects in the Arctic

Does government support to upstream oil and gas projects benefit local communities in the Arctic? That was the topic of a panel organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development at the Arctic Energy Summit in Akureyri, Iceland, on October 9th.

GSI Workshop: Bringing Energy Subsidies to the World Trade Organisation

On September 30, 2013, IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative organized a workshop on "Bringing Energy Subsidies to the WTO." The aim of the workshop was to discuss the opportunities and challenges in bringing the issue of energy subsidies onto the WTO Agenda.

G-20 Responds to Civil Society Recommendations on Progressing Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform During Moscow Summit

The Russian Presidency held the G-20’s first “Civil Summit” in Moscow, 13-14 June 2013. Three hundred and fifty delegates from across civil society discussed how the G-20 could deliver “Strong, Sustainable, Balanced and Inclusive Growth”. Recommendations were presented to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at a 1½ hour meeting in the Kremlin on 14 June 2013.

GSI Civil Society Workshop on Thai Energy Subsidies

BANGKOK—25 April—the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) co-hosted a workshop with the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) to discuss Thailand’s subsidies for fuel and electricity. The primary purpose of the workshop was to launch A Citizens’ Guide to Energy Subsidies in Thailand, published by the GSI with support from TDRI. Approximately 40 participants attended the workshop from civil society, industry, government and the media.