Senior Policy Advisor, Energy and Lead, Indonesia
Philip Gass is a Senior Policy Advisor, Energy and Lead, Indonesia with the Energy program, specializing in climate change and energy policy at the sub-national and national level in North America and Indonesia, and international developments within the UNFCCC process.
His recent work has focused on development of provincial climate change strategies, GHG mitigation policy for state owned enterprises in developing countries, the green economy in Canada and internationally, energy policy (including CCS stakeholder engagement), early reduction allowances within the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and the engagement of the private sector in international climate negotiations. Prior to joining IISD in 2008, Philip spent three years with the Official Opposition Caucus in the Manitoba Legislature as a substantive policy researcher specializing in the portfolios of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines (including climate change) and Manitoba Hydro.
In addition to the IISD publications below, he contributed the following UNEP published report, Green Economy Scoping Study: Serbia.
- Good COP, Bad COP: Reflections from a climate change conferenceStresses and worries after the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, comes to an end... but hope, too.
- The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)While COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference—with parties focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement—there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.
- Carbon Pricing: Busting four major mythsWe break down four common myths about renewable energy and carbon pricing. Feel free to use these facts next time someone tells you that coal is the future or that carbon pricing is just a hoax invented to increase your taxes.
- Looking Back on the “Caterpillar COP”Was COP 23 really the 'Caterpillar COP'? Phil Gass and Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun take look back, and remind us that caterpillars are ultimately destined to emerge as butterflies...
- Reactions to Canada's Climate Change Framework: ElectricityIn the second of a series of blog posts on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Phil Gass explores what the framework will mean for the electricity sector.
- As Wind Power Expands in China—What's Been Learned? Over the past decade, wind power has taken off in China. We explore the challenges China has faced linked this rapid growth.
- Canadian Climate Change Policy: Lessons from the provincesAt the tail end of November, Canada’s newly-elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, will attend...
- North American Climate and Energy Policy—The Case for Better CoherenceCanada is at a crossroads. A newly elected government has committed to do more than its predecessor to address climate change.
- Fossil fuel subsidy reform in Canada: A post-partisan issueAlmost unnoticed in Canada’s federal election campaign is the fact that all national political...
- Fossil fuel subsidy reform – turning the tide?The recent announcement from UAE that it will reform domestic fossil fuel subsidies is the latest in a growing number of countries taking the opportunity to reform subsidies within the energy sector.