What is the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform?

Set up in June 2010, the “Friends” is an informal group of non- G20 countries aiming to build political consensus on the importance of fossil fuel subsidy reform. Current members of the Friends group are Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay.

There is a window of opportunity

  • Fossil-fuel subsidy reform is the missing piece of the climate change jigsaw and governments must deliver global actions to decrease emissions as we head towards implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Why reform fossil fuel subsidies

Governments subsidize fossil fuels to lower the price of the production and consumption of fossil fuels, so the economy and population can receive cheaper fuels. However, fossil fuel subsidies (FFS) have a series of negative effects. FFS are socially regressive, encourage wasteful consumption, increase local pollution, contribute to climate change, disadvantage clean energy technologies and are a drain on scarce public resources.

Fossil-fuel subsidy reform is the missing piece of the climate change jigsaw and governments must deliver global actions to decrease emissions as we head towards implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The top 5 reasons for reform

The Friends' Network

In 2018 the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (FFFSR, or the Friends) created the Friends’ Network to build an international network of government officials to share lessons, knowledge and experiences, and to encourage innovative thinking on the successful implementation of FFSR. A series of five virtual interactive roundtables took place in 2018 with the participation of representatives from around 20 countries from around the world.

Supporters are growing

The momentum for reform is growing led by Communiqué supporters from government, business and international organisations. Find out which governments and organisations support the Communiqué.

Recent supporters include
  • United Kingdom
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Uruguay
  • Mexico
  • Czech Republic
  • Moldova
  • Gambia
  • Colombia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Peru
  • Croatia
  • Samoa
  • Estonia
  • Malaysia
  • Uganda
  • Austria
  • Philippines
  • Cyprus
  • Ghana
  • Mozambique
  • Canada
  • Monaco
  • Viet Nam
  • Germany
  • United States

Endorse the Communiqué

show your support for fossil-fuel subsidy reform

The Friends group was formed in June 2010 to support G20 and APEC leaders’ commitments to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. The Friends encourage the G20 and APEC to implement their initiative as soon as possible, with maximum ambition and transparency.

Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform are

  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Uruguay