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Energy Subsidies & Trade

Subsidies often exist because of ambitions related to trade and investment. Trade is also a place where negative effects of subsidies are often felt the hardest - by non-subsidizing countries. The GSI explores how trade could address fossil fuel subsidies more effectively.

News: Call for Papers: Trade impacts of fossil fuel subsidies

Deadline for abstract submission: 25 May 2018 Notice of Acceptance: 20 June 2018 Deadline for full paper submission: 31 August 2018 Conference date (Geneva): Friday, 5 October 2018, 09:00-17:00 Pre-Conference High-Level Policy Panel: Thursday 04 October 2018, 18:30-20:00 The Geneva-based Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Centre for Trade and E

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News: Energy Subsidies and the WTO

Geneva, Switzerland—29 April 2013—The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Energy Charter organized a workshop to discuss how WTO regulation and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) apply to trade and investment in energy.

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Blog: Renewable energy subsidies and the WTO: The wrong law and the wrong venue

Japan recently announced that consultations had failed to resolve its dispute with Canada over the Province of Ontario’s feed-in-tariffs for renewable energy, and that in mid-June it will be asking the WTO to establish a dispute settlement panel. This is awful news for the multilateral trade system, for which the dispute will be corrosive, seemingly pitting trade against the environment.

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News: WTO subsidy dispute round-up

In the past two months, the U.S. Congress has decided to continue paying Brazilian cotton farmers US$ 147 million a year; speculation intensifies as the United States enters into consultations with China over subsidies for wind energy; and the American Soybean Association makes noises about the potential trade impacts of the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive.

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