August 2, 2016 |
On July 29th the UK government announced that the final decision to build Hinkley Point C—what could become the first nuclear power station to be constructed in the UK for more than two decades—will be postponed pending a review of the project.
Commentary: Indonesia Approves Revised 2016 Budget: Subsidy update
July 26, 2016 |
On 28 June, Indonesia’s government and parliament reached consensus on the revised state budget for 2016. The budget is an important indicator for Indonesia’s subsidies to fossil fuels in the year ahead. This blog provides an overview.
Blog: How are governments encouraged to initiate subsidy reform? Through research!
July 13, 2016 |
Delhi—4 May— The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) recently organized a ministerial-level event in Delhi entitled “National Dialogue on Subsidies for Energy Access.” The event was organized in cooperation with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) on 4 May, 2016.
Commentary: How Subsidies for Kerosene are Holding Back Solar Power in India
July 11, 2016 |
Kerosene is used by millions of households in rural India to meet basic lighting needs, and subsidies have long been used to make the fuel more affordable. But for health, safety and environmental reasons, a switch to solar power is better—and more affordable in the absence of kerosene subsidies.
Commentary: What Can You Afford in a Year Without Fuel Subsidies? Financing Development with the Reallocation of Indonesia’s Gasoline and Diesel Subsidies
June 13, 2016 |
For a long time, the international community has talked about the benefits that can be created by removing wasteful fossil-fuel subsidies and freeing up expenditure for more worthwhile things—but little analysis has looked at how this works out in practice. In large part, this is because so few countries, including among the G-20, have implemented ambitious and successful reforms.
June 8, 2016 |In May 2016 the Government of Canada, along with other G-7 countries, committed to a much needed timeline to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.
Blog: Government Subsidies to Fossil Fuels are 22 Times Larger than Government Support to Adaptation on Climate Change
June 2, 2016 |
25 May—Bonn, Germany—Over the last two weeks, countries met in Bonn to discuss the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Fiscal instruments—such as fossil fuel subsidy reform, fuel duty and carbon taxation—were raised throughout the meeting, which was supported by the Global Subsidies Initiative of IISD and the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (Friends of FFSR).
Blog: Feeding the Dragon: Time to embark on wholesale coal subsidy reform in China?
April 29, 2016 |
20-21 April—Beijing—Coal remains central to the energy sector in China despite the impact on air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Recognizing the problems associated with coal use, China has embarked on a programme to gradually reduce the role of coal and develop cleaner forms of energy. A key first step to breaking the hold of coal on the energy sector is to stop providing subsidies to the industry.
April 28, 2016 |15 April—Washington D.C.—For the fourth consecutive year, the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform organized a high-level event on energy subsidy reform in Washington D.C.
Blog: Talking Energy Subsidy Reform in the Ukrainian Parliament
April 26, 2016 |
The roundtable on the theme of “Energy subsidies in Ukraine and progress of reform” was jointly held by the Committee on Fuel and the Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety of the Parliament of Ukraine and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Kyiv on April 25, 2016. This was the second in the series of events linked to the OECD-led project “Inventory of Energy Subsidies in the EU’s Eastern Partnership Countries", supported by the IISD Global Subsidies Initiative (IISD-GSI) and consultants in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine. A draft report on "Energy subsidies in Ukraine" (available in English and Ukranian) was prepared by IISD-GSI to inform the discussion.
Blog: Estimating the Impact of India’s Aadhaar Scheme on LPG Subsidy Expenditure
March 16, 2016 |
In 2015, the Indian government introduced nationwide changes to the system of domestic liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) subsidies, replacing integrated consumer price subsidies with bank transfers through the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme.
February 19, 2016 |16 February 2016—Geneva—The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) hosted a webinar on the climate change impacts of USD 500 billion of government subsidies to fossil fuels. The webinar was chaired by Peter Wooders, Group Director, Energy, IISD, who outlined the importance of fiscal instruments and mitigation efforts in light of the UNFCCC agreement and the ambitious efforts of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in promoting an international communiqué on the issue.
Blog: Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Big at the Climate Talks and in the Agreement?
December 21, 2015 |
World leaders hailed that the climate change agreement, agreed on Saturday 12 December, was important and significant in terms of setting the framework for government action in the coming years. In this blog, the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) examines both the text of the agreement as well as the events and activities that took place throughout COP21 in Paris with regards to fossil fuel subsidy reform and the phased removal of around US$600 billion of government subsidies to fossil fuels. In summary, there was much momentum on the side-lines of the negotiating process. The content of the agreement itself, from the perspective of moving the issue of fossil fuel subsidy reform, is also a very positive step in the right direction for setting the framework and rules of the game on climate action.
Blog: The Beginning of the End of Fossil Fuel Subsidies
December 1, 2015 |
Paris—30th November 2015—Today, the Paris climate change talks saw an unprecedented movement of leaders supporting the need to end the billions of dollars spent every year on subsidizing fossil fuels.
Commentary: Seeing the Light: Reforming Kerosene Subsidies for Clean Energy Access
Kerosene subsidies are expensive: estimated to be more than US$ 4 billion in West Africa and more than US$ 5 billion in India. What are governments—often with highly limited resources—achieving by spending all this money? And with an increasing number of countries committing to reform subsidies, what will it mean for energy access if these policies are removed?
November 23, 2015 |Just a few days before the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Antalya and the UNFCCC’s COP21 in Paris, hundreds of Turkish experts, scholars and activists gathered in Istanbul from 12-13 November 2015 at the IKLIM Climate Forum, under the banner “Ben de Varim!” (“Count me in, too!”).
November 16, 2015 |Jakarta—31 October—As part of its work in Indonesia, the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) recently supported The Habibie Center and consumer’s association Yayasan Lembaga Konsumen Indonesia (YLKI) in facilitating a large public dialogue session to discuss Indonesia’s recent efforts to reform fossil fuel subsidies.
Commentary: G-20 Support to Fossil Fuel Production: Who are the leaders and the laggards?
November 13, 2015 |
When it comes to phasing out subsidies to the production of polluting oil, gas and coal—something G-20 leaders have committed to every year since 2009—we’re seeing little progress. In fact, as fossil fuel prices have fallen, some countries have even increased subsidies in response.
Commentary: Redistributing Up: How India’s Fuel Subsidy Policy has short-changed the State of Bihar
Despite significant social and economic progress in recent years, the development challenges facing the Indian state of Bihar remain profound. The state, one of the poorest and most populous in the Indian Union, goes to the polls for State Assembly elections in October 2015.
November 5, 2015 |Most strategies to tackle climate change cost governments money. What if you could reduce more than 10% of GHG emissions just by cutting spending? This was one of the questions facing climate negotiators in Bonn this month (19-23 October) as they negotiated the draft text for the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in early December 2015.