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.

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.

14 July 2015

Financing for Development from Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Lessons Learned from Country Experiences

The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) organized a high-level event on the role of fossil fuel subsidy reform as a means to provide financing for sustainable development. The event was held at the “Financing for Development Conference” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was supported by the government of Finland and the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy […]

16 – 17 Apr 2015

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Events at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings

The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) supported a group of 8 countries―known as the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (Friends)―in organizing two high-level events at the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. The Friends group consists of Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Continue reading “Fossil Fuel Subsidy Events at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings”

18 December 2014

The Heroes of Climate Change are Leaders Driving National Policy Reforms

Despite slow but solid progress at the climate change negotiations in Lima, the Conference of Parties this year nonetheless saw promising discussions around national efforts to tackle climate change on-the-ground. This includes increasing calls in the last month to realize opportunities stemming from the removal of US$ 550 billion of subsidies to fossil fuels. 2014 has witnessed […]

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