News - Fossil Fuels

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.

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.

Transferring Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Clean Energy Could Yield Major Savings in Dollars and GHG Emissions – Report

A new report from the Nordic Council of Ministers finds that redirecting fossil fuel subsidies toward the clean energy transition could help climate vulnerable countries reap major savings while slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

A Low-Hanging Fruit for Financing and Implementing SDGs: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Phase-out and reallocation of fossil fuel subsidies (FFS) is a low-hanging fruit for financing and implementing SDGs.