Timely seminars and high level events help promote reform. Events are ordered chronologically and include an impressive number of influential speakers from around the world.

Measuring Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals: Methodology Report Launch

May 14, 2019 at 13:30 - 15:00

Opening Remarks and Launch of the Fossil Fuel Subsidy Indicator:

  • Steven Stone, Chief of the Resources and Markets Branch, UN Environment
  • Thomas Haidon, Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, New Zealand
  • Moderator: Thomas Haidon, Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, New

Part 1: UN Environment presentation on ‘measuring fossil fuel subsidies in the context of the SDGs’


  • Joy A. Kim, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, UNEP

Part 2: How fossil fuel subsidy data supports reform


  • Rachel Bae, Senior Counsellor in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Part 3: Interactive Discussion

Government participants will be invited to answer the following questions:

  • Current practice on FFS data collection: Does your Government already collect data on fossil fuel subsidies to consumers and producers, including through tax expenditure (vis a vis the recommendations made in the presented measurement framework)?
  • Institutional arrangements: Which institutions and agencies will be involved in reporting SDG Indicator 12.c.1?
  • Key challenges and capacity needs: What are the main challenges you face in collecting and reporting data related to SDG Indicator 12.c.1? Might you benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges or from technical assistance?
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