How much can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions if we raise ambition with second-generation Nationally Determined Contributions? This panel and discussion will focus on sharing lessons and best practices on fossil fuel subsidy reform and pricing based on country experience. Experts will present results on GHG emission reduction from energy modelling research over 20 countries and consider possible fiscal scenarios
News: Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations at the WTO Gather Pace: USA rejects the idea of blanket exemptions for developing countries
December 18, 2019
Alice Tipping, who leads the Global Subsidies Initiative’s work on fisheries subsidies, reports on the latest round of negotiations towards an agreement on fisheries subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. Highlights The latest round of negotiations towards a WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from December 4 to 6, 2019. Members discussed reports from six fac
December 17, 2019
Global Subsidies Initiative, together with the Nordic Council of Ministers, hosted a side event during the 25th UN Conference of the Parties (COP 25) Climate Conference: “Raising NDC Ambition to Reach Climate Action Goals: Fossil fuel subsidies, energy pricing and swaps.” Highlights The panel focused on sharing lessons and best practices on fossil fuel subsidy reform and pricing based on country experience from N
November 13, 2019Geneva, November 13, 2019 – As the BRICS leaders’ summit starts in Brazil, a new report is the first of its kind to bring together data on both revenues and subsidies related to fossil fuels in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Beyond Fossil Fuels: Fiscal Transition in BRICS, from the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Leave it in the
October 4, 2019
More than 300 representatives from governments, NGOs and social organizations of 44 countries participated in the event, which aimed to quicken the pace of reforms and investment in renewable energy in order to keep the rise in global temperatures below 2°C.
September 26, 2019
Co-organized by the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance, UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Planetary Health Dialogue aimed to support exchange between the environment and health communities on the linkage between climate change and NCDs, present existing and novel strategies to accelerate action towards planeta
Press Release: Indonesia has potential to exceed its renewable energy targets: Report
September 25, 2019
A new report shows that the Government of Indonesia could exceed its renewable energy targets with a few adjustments to its policy approach. Released today in Jakarta, the report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) recommends effective policy changes that would boost sustainable energy investments and allow Indonesia to meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement.
Press Release: Governments should fight air pollution from fossil fuels like they fight tobacco: new report
September 19, 2019September 19, 2019 (Geneva) – A new report launched today has challenged decision-makers, policy-makers and political leaders to tackle fossil fuel production and consumption as a health control issue, in the same way that smoking has been reduced and regulated. The report, Burning Problems, Inspiring Solutions: Sharing Lessons on action against tobacco and fossil fuels, co-authored by the International Institute fo
August 27, 2019
A round table entitled Economic Diversification of Coal-Mining Regions: Challenges and Ways Forward took place in Dnipro (Ukraine) on June 14, 2019. The participants discussed challenges and opportunities for the just transition of coal-mining regions of Ukraine.
August 6, 2019New Delhi, August 6, 2019 – Most coal-fired power plants in India have not installed pollution control technology, although the Central Government revised emissions standards almost four years ago. A new analysis estimates the cost of installing technology to control for sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter (among others) at between INR 73,000 crore (USD 10 billion) and INR 86,000 crore (USD 12 billion).
Press Release: Ontario provides roughly CAD 700 million annually to subsidize fossil fuels at a time of fiscal constraint, new report shows
July 31, 2019
Ottawa, July 31 2019 – Ontario, a province undergoing an aggressive push to balance its budget after projecting a deficit of CAD 11.7 billion in 2018/19, still provides roughly CAD 700 million in subsidies to fossil fuels that increase greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change, according to a new study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)’s Global Subsidies Initiative.