August 9, 2017 |
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. Indonesia’s decision comes at a time when the rest of the world is moving in the opposite direction: countries are increasingly switching from coal to renewables and encouraging competition between power generators to obtain the best prices.
August 9, 2017 |Keuntungan jangka pendek dapat menciptakan dampak buruk jangka panjang. Hal ini relevan sehubungan keputusan Indonesia baru-baru ini untuk bertaruh pada batubara sebagai pilihan untuk memasok listrik yang andal dan terjangkau.
Blog: Can Trade Help Deliver the Paris Agreement? Lessons learned from the G20
July 19, 2017 |
This year’s G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, saw long and heated discussion on the urgency of delivering the Paris Agreement.
Blog: From C20 to the G20: What we need on carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform
July 7, 2017 |
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 Summit agenda and beyond.
Blog: Making the International Trade System Work for Climate Change: Five Ways to Address Fossil Fuel Subsidies through the WTO and International Trade Agreements
June 20, 2017 |
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?
Blog: The True Cost of Coal and Renewables in Indonesia
June 13, 2017 |
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.
May 31, 2017 |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.
Blog: G20 must support good jobs in the low carbon transition
May 23, 2017 |
Donald Trump won the US presidency railing against “job-killing regulation” and promising to put coal miners back to work. Delivering against this promise is proving difficult: US high-cost coal is crowded out not just by increasingly low-cost renewables, but also by shale gas and lower-cost coal from other countries.
Blog: Change Makers Leap Forward as Momentum for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Grows
April 28, 2017 |There is a pressing “need for faster reform, urgency and political commitment.” These were the opening highlights of the fifth high-level event on fossil fuel subsidy reform, organized by the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (“Friends”), Global Subsidies Initiative and the World Bank on April 21, in the context of the 2017 International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring Meetings held in Washington, D.C.
Blog: A Low-Hanging Fruit for Financing and Implementing SDGs: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies
April 18, 2017 |
Phase-out and reallocation of fossil fuel subsidies (FFS) is a low-hanging fruit for financing and implementing SDGs. First, it has a diverse support base of both sustainable development advocates and “government downsizers.” Second, instead of requiring financing like many sustainable development policies, it could free up hundreds of billions of dollars for implementing multiple SDGs.
Blog: UK is in no position to lecture Saudis on oil dependence
April 13, 2017 |
UK prime minister Theresa May visited Riyadh in early April with the intent of “deepening a true strategic partnership” and “helping to wean Saudi Arabia off oil dependency”.
March 23, 2017 |Common problems often require common solutions and the need for a dialogue. This is true in the case of China and India when it comes to tackling air pollution and switching to clean energy. Poor air quality has become a major political concern in both countries.
March 16, 2017 |The absence of a road initiated a journey to a remote village located in a forest in Odisha, India. The village, Sarda Gram Panchayat, is actually a cluster of five villages and is located in a dense forest near the Sambalpur District of Odisha. The remoteness of the villages has severed ties to development work—energy access, education, health facilities and other services all have hit a roadblock.
November 24, 2016 |Cooperative, non-market and country-led—that was the order of the day when it came to fossil fuel subsidy reform (FFSR) at the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) from November 7–19 in Marrakech, Morocco. Across the two weeks, the conference attracted some 22,500 participants, and there were several side events held in English and French on the issue of FFSR (a full listing is available here). Events and discussions covering FFSR focused on early action and implementation of the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies given the current window of opportunity afforded by low oil prices. They addressed lowering the total value of fossil fuel subsidies to consumers, reducing the cost to governments of reform, as well as efforts to phase out upstream subsidies to fossil fuel producers.
November 17, 2016 |Two news stories this week, emerging from either side of the Atlantic, encapsulate the climate change conundrum. The message coming from hundreds of civil society organizations, scientists and policy-makers gathered at the climate change conference in Marrakech (COP 22) has been the fact that, in order to keep climate change within 2 degrees, three quarters of the known reserves of oil, gas and coal need to stay in the ground.
Blog: How Electricity Subsidy Reform Can Benefit Indonesia
October 27, 2016 |
The Government of Indonesia has been considering a new wave of electricity subsidy reforms since January 2016—delaying its plans twice now for a combination of political and practical reasons.
September 9, 2016 |Indonesia has a longstanding relationship with energy subsidies. For more than 40 years, these subsidies have been part of the lives of millions of Indonesians every day. For good and bad.
Commentary: Winter Approaches: The Real Test for Ukraine's Energy Subsidy Reforms
In the past few weeks and months, Ukrainian media has been peppered with diametrically opposed pieces of analysis and commentary on energy pricing and energy subsidy reform. On one side, the central government, with the support of international donors, as well as Naftogaz, the national gas supplier, is running an information campaign on why energy subsidy reform is a much-needed move for Ukraine. On the other side, there are continued reports of city councils and populist parties' activists protesting against the “unconstitutional” decision of the central government to increase tariffs for gas and electricity according to an accelerated schedule.
Commentary: Meeting Canada's Subsidy Phase-Out Goal: What it means in Saskatchewan
August 29, 2016 |
Saskatchewan has taken steps to address its greenhouse gas emissions, most notably through the implementation of carbon capture and storage technology. This is definitely a step in the right direction in addressing climate change.
August 9, 2016 |Saskatchewan has taken steps to address its greenhouse gas emissions, most notably through the implementation of carbon capture and storage technology. This is definitely a step in the right direction in addressing climate change.