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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.

What’s Big and Wasteful and... Increasingly Well-Targeted? Jakarta Dialogue on International Experiences with LPG Subsidy Reform

29 January 2016—Jakarta—Energy policy has received a lot of attention in Indonesia since reforms of gasoline and diesel subsidies in early 2015. The government has now begun to consider what to do about its remaining subsidies, including for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). But how does LPG subsidy reform differ from gasoline and diesel? And what are Indonesia’s options? To help support an informed public debate, the GSI and Indonesia’s cross-cutting agency on social protection TNP2K co-organized a dialogue on this issue. A review of international literature shows that subsidies which were once "big and wasteful" are becoming increasingly well targeted in a number of countries.

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. 

Energy Empowerment Programme Launched at IISD Offices

Geneva—11-13 February—Last week the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the IISD Energy programme helped launch a new gender and energy initiative organised by ENERGIA and funded by UKDFID in Geneva at the IISD offices with 30 consortium participants. The IISD programme will focus on energy empowerment, energy sector reform and impacts for gender. 


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.