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.
November 30, 2015 |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?
Blog: Turkey's Pursuit of a Coal-Fired Future: Wrong for Public Health and Public Wealth
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?
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.
November 6, 2015 |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.
November 2, 2015 |Further to our recent blog post analyzing the fiscal impact of direct transfer for LPG in FY 2014-15, this blog provides additional data on recent trends in LPG consumption and subsidy expenditure.
October 1, 2015 |Since April 1st 2015, India’s cooking gas subsidies have been distributed solely by electronic transfer through the Direct Benefit Transfer for Liquefied Petroleum Gas scheme (otherwise known as DBTL or PAHAL).
September 28, 2015 |In New York this weekend (25–27 September) over 100 heads of state and government attended the UN Sustainable Development Summit to adopt the "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs) – the development agenda for the world for the next fifteen years. The goals cover 17 areas including their "Means of Implementation", which is how these goals will be funded.
August 21, 2015 |Beijing—September 16—The first estimate of subsidies to coal producers in China, totaling CNY35.7 billion (US$5.6 billion) in 2013, has been revealed by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) at the Coal and Renewable Energy event held in Beijing on 16 September 2015.
July 24, 2015 |In January 2015, Suhail Al Mazroui, the Minister of Energy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced that lifting energy subsidies was 'just a matter of time'. Six months on, that time appears to have come. On 22 July, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government announced that the prices of gasoline and diesel will be deregulated from 1 August.
Commentary: Fuel Subsidies in Nigeria: There are better ways to help the poor (and the economy and the environment)
July 24, 2015 |
The downturn in oil prices over the past year has hit Nigeria’s public budget hard. When money is tight, it seems obvious that governments should first phase out programmes that are expensive and have low benefit to their intended beneficiaries.
Blog: Financing for Development from Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Lessons Learned from Country Experiences
July 22, 2015 |
Addis Ababa—July 14—The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) organized a high-level event on the role of fossil fuel subsidy reform as a means to provide financing for sustainable development.
Eliminating Fossil Fuel Subsidies Still on the Agenda – The International Community Must Now Walk the Talk
July 20, 2015 |The international community reaffirmed commitments on Thursday 16th July 2015, within the Addis Ababa Action Agenda "to rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption ..." and "phasing out those harmful subsidies". Fossil fuel subsidy removal remains on the agenda and is as important as ever when governments are squeezed for fiscal space and domestic resource mobilisation.
Blog: Carbon subsidies + Climate Change – Morocco Includes Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform within National Contribution Towards UNFCCC
June 9, 2015 |
Government negotiators are meeting in Bonn for climate talks this week (1-11 June 2015), to prepare for negotiations in Paris towards a climate deal at the end of the year. At the time of writing 39 countries have submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs.
Blog: High-Level Event on Fossil Fuel Subsidies and the Link to Clean and Affordable Energy
May 26, 2015 |
It is ever clearer that fossil fuel subsidies are detrimental to sustainable development. However, in a time of historic low oil prices, the gap between international oil prices and consumer energy prices has narrowed dramatically, thus offering countries a huge window of opportunity to phase-out these subsidies. For this and many other reasons, the elimination of these subsidies continue to make global headlines.
April 22, 2015 |Washington—16-17 April—The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) supported a group of 8 countries―known as the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (Friends)―in organizing two high-level events at the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. The Friends group consists of Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
March 9, 2015 |In August 2014, the newly-elected National Democratic Alliance (NDA) administration announced the reintroduction of the previous government’s then-suspended ‘Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG’ (DBTL) programme to distribute LPG subsidies by bank transfer, while retaining (against the recommendations of both the petroleum and finance ministries, and despite extensive media speculation) the annual cylinder cap per household first instituted (but twice raised) by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) administration at its existing level.
February 16, 2015 |Geneva—11-13 February—Last week the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the IISD Energy programme helped launch a new gender and energy initiative organised by ENERGIA and funded by UKDFID in Geneva at the IISD offices with 30 consortium participants. The IISD programme will focus on energy empowerment, energy sector reform and impacts for gender.