30 June 2019

António Guterres: “Stop Subsidizing Fossil Fuels”

Secretary-General’s remarks to Climate Summit Preparatory Meeting:
“(…) My message is clear. Solutions exist. First, let’s shift taxes from salaries to carbon.  We should tax pollution, not people. Second, stop subsidizing fossil fuels. Taxpayers’ money should not be used to boost hurricanes, spread drought and heat waves, and melt glaciers. Third, stop building new coal plants by 2020. We need a green economy, not a grey economy.”

Read full speech here

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