16 September 2019

Stop Fossil Fuel Subsidies Campaign

It’s been 10 years since the G20 committed to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.  

Still, across the globe, these subsidies remain high, with spending estimated at US$526 billion in 2018.  

Our future is at stake. The world is facing a climate emergency. Maintaining and advancing fossil fuel subsidy reform is a key mechanism to meeting the Paris Agreement, and has never been more urgent. 


Watch these video clips and share with your network using the hashtag #stopfossilsubsidies

5 Reasons to Stop Fossil Fuel Subsidies

“Invest in our future”

United States Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“We are in a battle for our lives”

UN Secretary General, António Guterres

“End the free ride”

Actor and Climate Change Activist, Leonardo DiCaprio

“Makes no sense”

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, Rachel Kyte 

“No more business as usual”

CEO, Aviva plc, Maurice Tulloch 

“It has to stop”

Founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben 

“The time is now” 

New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

“Stop rewarding emissions”

Director of Climate Change, Iberdrola, Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera

“Must not destroy civilization”

Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church
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