Fossil-Fuel Events

How are governments encouraged to initiate subsidy reform? Through research!

Delhi—4 May— The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) recently organized a ministerial-level event in Delhi entitled “National Dialogue on Subsidies for Energy Access.” The event was organized in cooperation with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) on 4 May, 2016.

Feeding the Dragon: Time to embark on wholesale coal subsidy reform in China?

20-21 April—Beijing—Coal remains central to the energy sector in China despite the impact on air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Recognizing the problems associated with coal use, China has embarked on a programme to gradually reduce the role of coal and develop cleaner forms of energy. 

Talking Energy Subsidy Reform in the Ukrainian Parliament

Stakeholder consultations co-organised by the OECD and Energy Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament have demonstrated a high level of commitment of the government to energy price reform while protecting the vulnerable.

Turkey's Pursuit of a Coal-Fired Future: Wrong for Public Health and Public Wealth

Just a few days before the  G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Antalya and the UNFCCC’s COP21 in Paris, hundreds of Turkish experts, scholars and activists gathered in Istanbul from 12-13 November 2015 at the IKLIM Climate Forum, under the banner “Ben de Varim!” (“Count me in, too!”). The Global Subsidies Initiative and CAN Europe organized a session focusing on relative subsidies to the coal and renewable alternatives: “Understanding Fossil Fuel Subsidies in a Changing Climate”.

Talking Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in Indonesia

Jakarta—31 October—As part of its work in Indonesia, the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) recently supported The Habibie Center and consumer’s association Yayasan Lembaga Konsumen Indonesia (YLKI) in facilitating a large public dialogue session to discuss Indonesia’s recent efforts to reform fossil fuel subsidies.

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.

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Events at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings

Washington—16-17 April—The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) supported a group of 8 countries―known as the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (Friends)―in organizing two high-level events at the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. The Friends group consists of Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. 

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.