Events

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.

25 May 2016

Government Subsidies to Fossil Fuels are 22 Times Larger than Government Support to Adaptation on Climate Change

25 May—Bonn, Germany—Over the last two weeks, countries met in Bonn to discuss the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Fiscal instruments—such as fossil fuel subsidy reform, fuel duty and carbon taxation—were raised throughout the meeting, which was supported by the Global Subsidies Initiative of IISD and the Friends of Fossil Fuel […]

15 April 2016

Talking Energy Subsidy Reform in Washington DC

15 April—Washington DC—For the fourth consecutive year, the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform organized a high level event on energy subsidy reform in Washington DC. Supported by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and co-organized with the United States and the World Bank, this year’s event was held during the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings on 15 April. Read a summary of the meeting here.

07 December 2015

Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Change: National action and international phase out

The GSI and the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform organized an event on 7th December 2015 at COP21 in Paris, entitled “Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Change: National action and international phase out”. The speakers included several prominent ministers from FFFSR member countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Norway, Fatih Birol, Executive Director of […]

30 November 2015

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué Event at COP21

At COP21 Leaders Day on 30 November, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon John Key, along with the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, convened a high-level event to formally present the Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Figueres.

30 November 2015

Communiqué Event draws 500 people in Paris

Paris—30 November 2015—The Paris climate change talks saw an unprecedented coalition of leaders supporting the need to end the billions of dollars spent every year on subsidising fossil fuels. 40 countries and hundreds of businesses and influential organisations have stood behind the Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué presented to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

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