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
Indonesia's Coal Price Cap: A barrier to renewable energy deployment
Indonesia's coal price cap encourages the consumption of coal while slowing the integration of renewable energy into the country's power grid.Read More
Policy Approaches for a Kerosene to Solar Subsidy Swap in India
India could save money and reduce indoor air pollution by switching kerosene subsidies to solar.Read More
South Africa: Is a transition away from coal just around the corner?
In South Africa, coal has long been king, but emerging factors suggest the fossil fuel may soon be pushed off its throne.Read More
Prescribing the Right Medicine for India's Troubled Coal Sector
Instead of further subsidizing struggling coal infrastructure, India can begin to reallocate limited public funds to ensure a fair transition for workers and communities.Read More
In Search of Just Transition: Examples From Around the World
What is a just transition? Essentially, it’s a balancing act.Read More
India's Energy Transition: Stranded coal power assets, workers and energy subsidies
What is driving stressed coal power assets in India, and how do we ensure workers, not assets, are the focus of government interventions in the future?Read More
IISD Reaction to Canadian Environment Commissioner’s 2019 Spring Reports
“Slow action on climate change that is disturbing.” That stark assessment wraps up Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand’s final report, released earlier today.Read More
Is GST stalling India's clean energy transition?
Is a newly introduced Goods and Sales Tax stalling India's move away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy?Read More
Women Could Gain Far More With Better Targeting of Government Energy Subsidies, New Research Finds
Millions of dollars worth of fossil fuel subsidies could be better targeted by governments to benefit poor women.Read More