Subsidy Watch Blog

The Subsidy Watch blog provides news, commentary and analysis related to subsidies and sustainable development.

Ending Coal: From Diplomacy to Implementation

Diplomatically, coal power is on the wrong side of history, from today. Spearheaded by Canada, the UK and the Marshall Islands, the Powering Past Coal Alliance has just been launched at the UN climate talks in Bonn.

Germany and Mexico publish peer reviews of fossil fuel subsidies under G-20

Bonn—November 15th, 2017—Germany and Mexico released their voluntary peer reviews of fossil fuel subsidies under the G-20, during the twenty-third Conference of Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This publication is a step towards more transparency on what the G20 calls "inefficient fossil fuel subsidies".

No New Coal in Java: Indonesia takes a first step at phase-out

Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan recently announced that there would be no new coal plants in Java. The announcement heralds, at last, a step away from the coal-dominated future that had been proposed. 

Country Reviews of Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Guiding countries through the process

Self- and peer reviews of government support to oil, gas and coal are a first step and practical tool for phasing out wasteful fossil fuel subsidies (FFS). The G7, G20, European Union and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) governments have all committed “to rationalize inefficient FFS that encourage wasteful consumption.” But how can we support them?

From Paris to Lofoten and Back: A Call for a Managed Decline of the Fossil-Fuel Industry

Over 340 non-governmental organisations from 67 countries have signed the Lofoten Declaration, which calls for an end to exploration and expansion of new oil, gas and coal reserves, a managed decline of the oil, coal, and gas industry, and a just transition to a safer climate future.

Health Organizations, Help Indonesia Kick the Coal Habit

Indonesians’ lungs have been exposed to significant pollution in the past few years, from forest fire haze to increasing amounts of motor vehicle exhaust

How Indonesia Might Turn Its Back on a Future of Cheaper Renewable Electricity

Short-term gain can lead to long-term pain. This might be the case with Indonesia’s recent decision to bet on coal as its preferred source to supply reliable and affordable electricity.

Bagaimana Menuju Masa Depan Listrik EBT Yang Lebih Murah di Indonesia

Keuntungan jangka pendek dapat menciptakan dampak buruk jangka panjang. Hal ini relevan sehubungan keputusan Indonesia baru-baru ini untuk bertaruh pada batubara sebagai pilihan untuk memasok listrik yang andal dan terjangkau.

Can Trade Help Deliver the Paris Agreement? Lessons learned from the G20

This year’s G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, saw long and heated discussion on the urgency of delivering the Paris Agreement. 

From C20 to the G20: What we need on carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform

IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative presented at a side event on June 18 at the C20 Summit, a gathering that facilitated exchanges among civil society from G20 countries on the upcoming G20 Sumit agenda and beyond.

EVENT: The Uncertain Transition Away From Coal—Stories from China and the United States

IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative will be at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. to discuss opportunities and pitfalls of a transition away from coal mining. The discussion will focus on the transition in Shanxi, one of China’s three main coal-mining regions, and the lessons China can draw from countries that have undergone the economic and social transition away from coal.

Making the International Trade System Work for Climate Change: Five Ways to Address Fossil Fuel Subsidies through the WTO and International Trade Agreements

Can the international trade system be a catalyst for reforming fossil fuel subsidies (FFSs) to help relieve the burden on the public purse, reduce local and global air pollution, improve energy security and tackle climate change? 

The True Cost of Coal and Renewables in Indonesia

Indonesia is facing an energy crunch as demand for electricity rises across the country. The country is one of the world’s largest coal producers, and is developing plans for an additional 35 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power stations. Proponents of the development claim that coal is the cheapest source of energy available. Is this really true?

Talking Gender and Energy Sector Reform at the Vienna Energy Forum

IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative presented at a side event on May 9 to the Vienna Energy Forum organized by ENERGIA, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. The side event focused on cutting-edge empirical evidence on how energy interventions are delivering on gender impacts, and on the key gaps within existing research that need to be addressed to ensure more gender-equitable outcomes of energy interventions.

G20 must support good jobs in the low carbon transition

Donald Trump won the US presidency railing against “job-killing regulation” and promising to put coal miners back to work.