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Transforming energy systems to support universal access to low-carbon energy.

Energy is essential for the development of our economies and our well-being. But the scale and types of energy we currently use contribute to what makes our activities unsustainable. Our Energy Program supports the development of sustainable energy systems. These must meet demand, including access for those currently not connected to modern energy sources. They must also recover their costs, generate surplus for maintenance and investment, and comply with environmental and social norms. 

Shining a Light on Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the WTO: How NGOs can contribute to WTO notification and surveillance
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Shining a Light on Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the WTO: How NGOs can contribute to WTO notification and surveillance

Fossil fuel subsidies undermine efforts to mitigate climate change and damage the trading system. However, multilateral discussion is hampered by inconsistent definitions and incomplete data.

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  • Commentary
    Joint Submission: Eliminate production subsidies to the fossil fuel sector in Canada

    Joint Submission: Eliminate production subsidies to the fossil fuel sector in Canada

    In this joint submission, Oil Change International, Environmental Defence, Équiterre, International Institute for Sustainable Development, and Climate Action Network recommend that that First Ministers agree in November 2016 to eliminate federal and provincial subsidies to oil, gas and coal by 2020. It also urges the Government of Canada to commit to publicly releasing a detailed schedule in their respective 2017 budgets outlining the specific fiscal measure to be eliminated.

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  • Blog
    How Canada Should Support Low-Carbon Growth Abroad

    How Canada Should Support Low-Carbon Growth Abroad

    Jason Potts, in an article originally published in The Hill Times, argues that Canada's overseas development assistance needs to focus on realizing the commitments of the Paris climate change agreement.

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  • Commentary
    IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    As the Sustainable Development Goals were in the final hours of negotiation in 2015, and in the early days of implementation in 2016, IISD experts reflected on the implications for countries, the UN system, and our own programs of work. These articles, first published as a series of blog postings, are the outward expression of that thought process. 

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