With over 10 years of experience, the IISD Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) is widely recognized as world-class leader in the quantification, evaluation and reform of subsidies.
Governments around the world spend at least a trillion dollars a year on subsidies to exploit the world's natural resources. But faced with increasing fiscal constraints, and concerned about making their economies cleaner, more inclusive and stable, governments are under increasing pressure to change course.
GSI works closely with governments to help them move away from subsidies that hinder sustainability. The goal is to encourage individual governments to undertake unilateral reforms on subsidy policy where these would deliver clear economic, environmental and social benefits. GSI also aims to generate a consensus in the World Trade Organization and in other forums on the need to take resolute, ongoing and systematic action to reduce or eliminate subsidies that are trade-distorting and undermine sustainable development.
Making the International Trade System Work for Climate Change: Five Ways to Address Fossil Fuel Subsidies through the WTO and International Trade Agreements
Can the international trade system be a catalyst for reforming fossil fuel subsidies (FFSs) to help relieve the burden on the public purse, reduce local and global air pollution, improve energy security and tackle climate change?Read More
Beyond Fossil Fuels: Indonesia's fiscal transition
This report explores how Indonesia taxes and subsidizes the production and consumption of oil, gas, coal and electricity now; and what lies ahead.Read More
Success Stories and a Network on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform
Many countries and private sector leaders shared fossil fuel subsidy reform success stories at the recent United Nations climate talks in Katowice, Poland.Read More
India's Energy Subsidies Moving in the Right Direction
India has become an outspoken proponent of renewable energy, but do the facts back up the rhetoric? Is the central government walking the talk when it comes to India's energy subsidies?Read More
India Energy Subsidy Briefing December 2018
The latest news on energy subsidy issues in India, including draft amendments to the Electricity Act 2003, India poised to exceed renewable energy target and oil subsidy burden potentially on the rise.Read More
India's Energy Transition: Subsidies for Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy, 2018 Update
How have India’s energy subsidy policies changed since 2016? Have they become more or less aligned with India’s desired energy future? How have India’s energy subsidy policies changed since 2016? Have they become more or less aligned with India’s desired energy future?Read More
The French Lesson on Climate Change Action
President Emmanuel Macron's failure to engage with the public on fuel price increases can backfire unless France follows Just Transition principles.Read More
G20 Countries Must Speed Up Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms
Like dancers doing the tango, G20 countries step forward and back when it comes to climate action. It's time to pick up the pace.Read More
Improving and Refocusing Electricity Subsidies: Options for optimization in Mexico
IISD is proud to partner with CONECC German-Mexican Energy Partnership on this report which identifies and evaluates options for reforming Mexico’s electricity subsidies.Read More
Real People, Real Change – Strategies for Just Energy Transitions
This report aims to support governments of both developed and developing countries in their endeavour to make energy transitions just.Read More