April 8, 2019 |
Energy transitions are about people: the ones who make the decisions and the ones affected by those decisions. A ‘Just Transition’ approach ensures the affected people are considered by those making decisions.
Blog: South Africa: Is a transition away from coal just around the corner?
March 26, 2019 |
Workers at the Hendrina coal power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa, are unsure if they will soon be joining the former workers at the nearby Optimum coal plant, protesting outside a shuttered plant.
Blog: Women Could Gain Far More With Better Targeting of Government Energy Subsidies, New Research Finds
March 8, 2019 |
Millions of dollars worth of fossil fuel subsidies could be better targeted by governments to benefit poor women including energy subsidies and policies.
Blog: Air Pollution and the Health Cost of Coal
February 14, 2019 |
How can lessons from India and China help Indonesia save millions of lives?
Blog: Action, Ambition and Advantage - Stories, Swaps and a Network for Success on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform
January 15, 2019 |
Many countries are leading the way and along with the private sector: several organizations shared stories and actions for success at the recent United Nations climate change talks in Katowice, Poland.
December 7, 2018 |The yellow vest protesters have taken over the streets of France in late November and early December, for many, this raises questions of who they are and what they are protesting.
Blog: Not a Case of Either/Or: How government and mines in Zambia can save money through energy efficiency
November 15, 2018 |
The scale of the mining industry in Zambia is by far the largest consumer of electricity, with over half of Zambia’s electricity being consumed in the country’s mining sector.
Blog: What Are We Waiting For? 1.5 degrees and ending government subsidies to fossil fuels
October 10, 2018 |
The message is clear.
September 11, 2018 |Despite growing agreement on the negative impact of fossil fuel subsidies on the climate and socioeconomic issues, subsidies continue to be handed out by governments around the world. To understand this implementation gap, we must learn more about the political factors favoring and blocking fossil fuel subsidy reform. Our research shows that a more holistic framing of fossil fuel subsidy reform that goes beyond environmental concerns could help garnering broader societal support.
August 30, 2018 |In 2015, nearly 780 million people, or more than 60 per cent of the Indian population, did not have access to clean cooking. Like many countries, the Government of India has attempted to address this by subsidizing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Blog: #G20takeaction now: Civil society organizations call for G20 governments to end subsidies to fossil fuels
August 16, 2018 |
On behalf of IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI), I presented at the panel discussion on Addressing the Challenges for the Global Energy Transition towards Climate Compatible Future on August 7 at the Civil 20 (C20) Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The summit’s objective was to facilitate an exchange among civil society representatives from G20 and other countries on the G20 agenda.
July 30, 2018 |Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 calls upon the global community to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York noted progress, but also established that the world is still not on track to reach the targets on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energies.
Commentary: Gender-Responsive Climate Action
June 7, 2018 |
Expert commentary on achieving gender-responsive climate action.
Blog: How Can the Clean Energy Transition be Funded? SWAP subsidies from fossil fuels to clean energy
May 28, 2018 |
At the Nordic Clean Energy Week 2018 in Copenhagen and Malmo, the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) launched a video explaining the subsidy SWAP concept.
Blog: How Can Zambia Meet Rising Energy Demand? Are subsidy SWAPs the answer?
May 22, 2018 |
Zambia needs more electricity generation capacity. A drought in 2014/15 led to unprecedented load shedding that raised the issue in the public consciousness. Since then the energy policy community has debated how best to meet demand increases of approximately 3 to 4 per cent per annum in the context of changing weather patterns linked to climate change.
May 17, 2018 |Fossil fuel supply needs to be phased out as well as demand, and should be accomplished in a predictable manner, to ensure a just transition.
Blog: Accelerating the Ongoing Energy Transition: The next 10 years and beyond
April 20, 2018 |
I recently attended the 4th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, where I participated in a panel discussion alongside ministers and senior experts assembled to share what we can learn from these and other experiences in the transition away from coal, oil and gas around the world.
Blog: Will Indonesia Miss the 23 Per Cent Renewable Energy Target?
March 28, 2018 |
At an event held in Jakarta on March 28, 2018, at the Tugu Kunstkring Paleis, on behalf of the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI), I launched a report analyzing the perceptions that energy sector stakeholders hold about progress towards this objective.
Blog: Financing and Accelerating Sustainable Energy Access through Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Practitioners discuss opportunities at the SDG 7 Conference in Bangkok
March 12, 2018 |
Are fossil fuel subsidies necessary to achieve the rapid progress needed for universal energy access by 2030? Practitioners discuss opportunities at the SDG 7 Conference in Bangkok.
Blog: Fossil Fuel Subsidies or $112 for Families? Let women decide
March 8, 2018 |
Mothers, grandmothers and daughters often have a lot on their plates—even more so in developing countries where health, education and social protection are scarce, and energy systems are often emerging.