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Lourdes is a Policy Advisor based in Geneva, working at IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI). Her research focuses on the analysis of energy subsidies and the evaluation and design of renewable energy support policies. She has worked in projects in Indonesia, China and India.
Prior to arriving at IISD, Lourdes worked at one of the largest utilities in Switzerland, developing pricing and supply-side support measures for renewables and energy efficiency. She also has international consulting experience, working toward the definition of support mechanisms for renewable energy.
Lourdes holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, complemented by a specialized Master's in Energy Management. Of Spanish origin, Lourdes has an international profile, having lived in Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway and the Caribbean. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and German.
- Case Study: What is the true cost of coal in Central Java?PLN expects to expand coal power capacity in Central Java, which is in the centre of Indonesia's economic corridor. But are PLN plans realistic and what will this cost—not just the cost to rate-payers, but also in terms of impacts on climate change and air pollution? Are there alternatives to these developments?
- A Guidebook to Reviews of Fossil Fuel Subsidies: From self-reports to peer learningThis guidebook provides a step-by-step approach to government reviews of fossil fuel subsidies. The guidebook covers the design of reviews, identification, measurement and evaluation of subsidies, via country case studies and practical tools, as a first step towards transparency and reform.
- At the Crossroads: Balancing the financial and social costs of coal transition in ChinaThe global decline of the coal industry has led to job losses and mine closures. As Shanxi in China considers how to create new employment in a coal dependent region we review international experience of the tranistion away from coal.
- Financial Supports for Coal and Renewables in IndonesiaThis report shows that the “true cost” of coal, including subsidies and externalities such as GHG emissions and air pollution, is considerably greater than the cost of renewable energy in Indonesia.
- Making the Switch: From fossil fuel subsidies to sustainable energyThis report estimates fossil fuel subsidies to be around USD 425 billion. Such subsidies represent large lost opportunities for governments to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development.
- Stopping Payments to Polluters: Clearing the air with fossil fuel subsidy reform in China and India Improving urban air quality is a headline concern in both India and China. Fossil fuel subsidy reform is a potentially powerful tool in securing an improvement for both countries.
- Learning from Leaders: Nordic and International Best Practice with Fossil Fuel Subsidy ReformThis report describes how Ethiopia, Morocco, Peru and the Philippines have reformed their subsidies. It also describes how countries including Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have introduced innovative policy instruments to encourage switching towards renewable and sustainable energy.
- How to Pay the Bills? A survey of public attitudes to electricity tariff reform in RajasthanThis report presents the findings of a household survey that sheds light on the attitudes of electricity consumers toward tariff reform in the State of Rajasthan, India.
- Indonesia's Financially Sustainable Electricity SectorThis paper reviews the ability of Indonesia’s electricity sector to meet the country’s need for electricity in a financially sustainable way.
- An Assessment of the Financial Sustainability of the Electricity Sector in RajasthanThis report examines the performance of the electricity sector in Rajasthan, assessing its ability to recover operating costs, reliably meet demand, make investments and operate according to environmental and social norms.