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Card showing details of the event "Why does a green recovery in Canada need to be fossil fuel subsidy-free?" on September 30 at noon.

Join us for an exploration of how tackling fossil fuel subsidies in Canada can help us recover from COVID-19. The investments that Canada makes today will have long-lasting implications for years to come, with the world needing to accelerate efforts to address the climate and biodiversity crises. The past few months have shown how crucial it is that governments shift funds to important priorities beyond fossil fuels, such as clean energy, healthcare, and social protection.

This webinar will illustrate how fossil fuel subsidy reform can support a green and just recovery. We’ll deep dive into how subsidy reform can contribute to Canada’s short-term and long-term national priorities including COVID-19 economic recovery and achieving our climate change targets. We’ll analyze Canada’s existing fossil fuel subsidies and their COVID-19 response so far, in the context of the government’s commitment to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption. Finally, we’ll turn to assess Canada’ progress on the G20 fossil fuel subsidy peer review with Argentina and see how Canada compares internationally.

The webinar will feature Canadian and international climate change and fossil fuel subsidy experts, including a representative from the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reform (FFFSR).


Agenda and Speakers

Opening remarks
Vanessa Corkal (International Institute for Sustainable Development, Policy Analyst, Energy)

Just Recovery and fossil fuel subsidy phase-out

Catherine Abreu (Climate Action Network Canada, Executive Director)

Trends in Canada's COVID-19 response
Bronwen Tucker (Oil Change International, Analyst)

COVID-19 and fossil fuel subsidy reform internationally
HE Martin Harvey (New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand's High Commissioner to Canada, representing the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform)

G20 peer reviews
Ronald Steenblik (IISD, Senior Fellow)

Moderated Q&A
Speakers, moderated by Vanessa Corkal, IISD

Open Q&A with audience


Practical information

Wednesday, September 30 | 12:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. CET

via Zoom


Please register here