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Venue: UNFCCC COP21, Observer Room 2, Blue Zone, Le Bourget, Paris.

Date and Time: Monday, December 7, 11:30—13:00. 

Globally, governments spend more than US$ 500 billion annually to keep domestic prices for oil, gas and coal products artificially low. Fossil fuel subsidies increase carbon emissions and lock us into a high carbon future. Now is the time for their removal.  

This side event organized by the GSI and the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform puts the spotlight on:

  • The scale and nature of subsidies to fossil fuels; 
  • Country efforts to reform subsidies;
  • Inclusion of subsidy reform within country INDCs and implications for emissions reductions; 
  • The growing momentum behind the international Communiqué to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. 

Speakers include: 

  • Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency 
  • Felipe Calderón, former President of México and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, New Climate Economy
  • Scott Vaughan, President, International Institute for Sustainable Development  
  • Hakima El Haite, Minister for Energy, Mining, Water and Environment, Morocco 
  • Tim Groser, Minister for International Climate Change Negotiations, New Zealand 
  • Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Energy, Sweden 
  • Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Finland 
  • Børge Brende,  Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Information: Lasse Toft Christensen [email protected] and Laura Merrill [email protected].

Support the Communiqué
Read Tackling Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Change: Levelling the energy playing field
Watch Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Road to Paris  

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