February 10, 2015 |
A new report from the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Global Subsidies Initiative of IISD finds that the removal of fossil-fuel subsidies to consumers (US$ 543 billion in 2014) and to society could reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by between 6-13% by 2050.
Commentary: RE-ARCTIC: Promoting renewable energy, eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and benefitting communities in the North
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) presented its vision of renewable energy development to the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council in Whitehorse on March 1, 2015.
December 18, 2014 |Despite slow but solid progress at the climate change negotiations in Lima, the Conference of Parties this year nonetheless saw promising discussions around national efforts to tackle climate change on-the-ground. This includes increasing calls in the last month to realize opportunities stemming from the removal of US$ 550 billion of subsidies to fossil fuels.
November 19, 2014 |‘100% renewables by 2050’ was the driving theme of the Academy REN21 held in Bonn 10-12 November 2014 to celebrate its 10 years driving networks to promote the deployment of renewable energy. Speakers—including Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21—noted how the amount of renewables now deployed to generate electricity was far in excess of projections made in 2004 when REN21 was set up. A straw poll of the 180 delegates showed a clear majority who believed that 100% Renewables by 2050 was achievable. This is now the focus of a number of campaigns, for example the “Go 100% Renewables Campaign”. Speakers remarked how quickly this concept and target had moved into the mainstream.
November 18, 2014 |On Saturday 18th October the Indian Government announced a series of policy decisions in relation to energy, including decontrol of diesel pricing, revision of natural gas prices on a market-linked basis, and proposed changes to domestic LPG subsidy entitlements and delivery mechanisms. This package of measures, presented as a reflection of the new NDA administration’s reformist intent, represents a complex mix of continuity and change in relation to the previous UPA government’s policies, with important implications (both positive and negative) for the future direction of Indian energy policy.
November 11, 2014 |In the run-up to the G20 summit on 15 and 16 November, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia, the international environmental community is calling on G20 Leaders to account on fossil fuel subsidies. G20’s commitment to “phase out, over medium-term, inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption” made the news in 2009, that is five years ago.
October 22, 2014 |Do you know what a subsidy is and what is not? If your answer is a definite “yes”, you are either new to the field or recklessly optimistic. The devil, as always, is in the detail.
Blog: The Annual Cost of Energy Subsidies is Greater than the Total Cost of Meeting 2020 Renewable Energy Targets in the Middle East and North Africa
October 17, 2014 |
Rome—13-14 October—The Desertec Industial Initiative (Dii) held the 5th Dii Desert Energy Conference on October 13-14 in Rome, Italy.
October 16, 2014 |Washington—10 October—International experts and senior government officials from ministries of finance and economy gathered on October 10 during the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank to discuss how to manage the transition to sustainable energy pricing.
Blog: The Potential From Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform for Funding and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
October 8, 2014 |
A new report from the IISD Global Subsidies Initiative was launched in conjunction with the Asia Europe Foundation, at a conference exploring the financing of future Sustainable Development Goals (29-30 September 2014).
Fuel Subsidy Reform a Key Recommendation in New Climate Economy Report "Better Growth, Better Climate"
September 16, 2014 |Phase out subsidies for fossil-fuels and agricultural inputs, and incentives for urban sprawl, to drive more efficient use of resources and release public funds for other uses, including programmes to benefit those on low incomes.
September 8, 2014 |London—1-2 September—Civil society organizations from across the world gathered in London from September 1-2 to discuss $544 billion government spending on consumer fossil-fuel subsidies, and the at least $100 billion on producer fossil-fuel subsidies. Participants discussed the size of subsidies, their reform and the impacts of fossil-fuel subsides on sustainable development.
August 28, 2014 |“The first law of holes is that when you’re in one, stop digging. The first step towards that goal is to stop using taxpayer dollars to buy shovels”.
Commentary: A Commentary on the SDGs, Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform and The Future We Want
August 20, 2014 |
The most recent draft of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an outcome from Rio+20 and The Future We Want, now includes international cooperation and potentially financial support towards cleaner fossil-fuel technologies; however, the draft goals no longer recognise the need to phase-out inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies, which stood at $554 billion in 2012 (IEA, 2013). That is four times the level of aid from the OECD DAC in 2013 ($134 billion). This is a step backwards.
April 1, 2014 |Nuclear power will be the featured energy source in the International Energy Agency’s 2014 World Energy Outlook (WEO).1 To gather input, the IEA convened 100 experts in Paris on 31 March for an informal meeting—“The Future of Nuclear Power”—to help shape the three chapters of the upcoming WEO, which is standard reading for all in the energy policy field. The IEA’s Chief Economist, Fatih Birol, introduced the session noting that the WEO was always objective and does not lobby for any energy source or technology.
Blog: United States to Begin Publishing Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Totals
November 14, 2013 |
“The United States will begin to publish annual reports on U.S. Government spending on fossil fuel subsidies and will share this information with the Group of 20 (G-20) and other relevant international bodies," according to the preview report of the second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan.
Blog: Ministers UAE and Oman Place Spotlight on Low Fossil-Fuel Pricing in the GCC
November 14, 2013 |
Low fossil-fuel prices are responsible for wasteful consumption in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates, and Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas of Oman at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference on November 10, 2013. Al Mazroui framed the problem as one of setting low energy prices.
September 12, 2013 |The G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg on 5-6 September placed job creation and economic growth at the centre of the debate. The leaders’ declaration at the end of the summit emphasized the need for more transparency and accountability in the search for sound and sustainable economic growth.
August 22, 2013 |The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) circulated its draft Fifth Assessment Report among peer reviewers last weekend. While the draft revises down the low-end of the range of this century’s projected temperature rise to 2.7°C, most scientists find that greater than 5°C is more likely, given the current trends that could double CO2 concentrations in the coming decades.
June 27, 2013 |Will President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan put the United States on a pathway to sustainable development? And will this re-legitimize the United States as a global leader against climate change?