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.

18 July 2018

HLPF Side Event: Leadership on fossil fuel subsidy reform for sustainable energy access and poverty reduction

Leadership is required to move away from inefficient and harmful fossil fuel subsidies (SDG 12) towards sustainable energy systems with access to energy for all (SDG 7). Fossil fuel subsidies stood at about USD 425 billion in 2015. This is 7.5 times more than the amount of financing required for universal electricity access. Reforming subsidies […]

11 December 2017

Ministerial Segment – Presentation of a Ministerial Declaration on Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Trade

This Ministerial Segment will see a number of countries release an official statement (a Ministerial Declaration) urging the WTO to make room for FFSR in their ongoing discussions. This Declaration will be led by the Friends. High level delegates from signing countries will share a few words on the Declaration, there will be photo opportunities […]

13 November 2017

Implementing Paris and the SDGs through Fuel Subsidy Reform and Taxation – Country Best Practice

6:30-8:00 PM Practical country and international efforts to remove fossil fuel subsidies and invest in renewables, public transport and energy efficiency. Phasing out USD 500 billion subsidies and introduction of fuel taxation has emissions reduction potential of 23% and liberates finance for sustainable energy. Translation into French will be provided. Refreshments will be offered.  

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