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Trade and Climate after COVID-19: Subsidies, Stimulus, and Energy Price
Date: Thursday, May 28, 14:00 GMT.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses both threats and opportunities for international efforts on trade and climate change issues. This crisis is forcing governments around the world to consider implementing wider circular economy policies, greening and localizing larger parts of the supply chain. The pandemic may also potentially lead to more stringently protectionist agendas. Governments are also currently responding to the pandemic with stimulus packages to address all affected areas in their economies, and in some cases these packages include energy pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform. Due in part to the global lockdown, demand for oil reduced by more than 15 million bpd in April 2020. This resulted in the lowest energy prices the world has seen in decades, another important factor in today’s trade and climate considerations.
This webinar intends to discuss global trade policy responses to COVID-19, as well as the broader climate and environment policy discussions happening as a result of the crisis. The first session will provide a global perspective on current events worldwide and discuss examples of response measures taken by a number of specific governments. The second session will focus on the present current situations. The Friends for Advancing Sustainable Trade (FAST) and Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reform (FFFSR) will also share their views along with suggestions for trade policy measures to support resilience from both a climate and pandemic perspective.
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Cutting Emissions and Budget Deficits for a Post-Corona World: Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and Carbon Pricing
Date: May 20, 08:00 GMT
In the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis, governments must react to rising budget deficits and the need to stimulate damaged economies. At the same time, they need to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development” as set out in Article 2.1.c of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Fossil fuel subsidy (FFS) reform and carbon pricing – putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions through taxation or carbon markets – can both contribute to an overall signal to the market.
As part of the webinar, we will present findings of the forthcoming IISD Working Paper “Cutting Emissions and Budget Deficits for a Post-Corona World: Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and Carbon Pricing”. This paper finds that governments continue to simultaneously apply taxes, subsidies, and carbon markets to many sectors of the economy, often for historical, institutional or political reasons. Given their coexistence it is necessary to consider the aggregate effects of these tools and the overall impact of these instruments on financial flows and broader governmental targets. As the world recovers from the COVID-19 crisis and deploys stimulus measures that will shape the economy over the coming decades, understanding these aggregate effects becomes even more crucial.
The webinar also intends to discuss the links between carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform, reinforcing the importance of a holistic approach to those issues and the need for an alignment between energy and climate policies. Speakers at this webinar will include experts on the topic and country delegates sharing their experiences.
Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/B8LnWpy-58g
Materials for Download:
- Subsidies and Carbon Pricing: Two Tools for Cutting Emissions and Sending a Strong Carbon Mitigation Signal
- Fossil Fuel Subsidies as a Negative Carbon Price
- Effective Carbon Pricing Post-COVID-19
- Global Carbon Accounts—2020 Update and Perspectives
Gender impacts and opportunities from fossil fuel subsidy reform
Date: July 8, 2019
Research shows that reforming fossil fuel subsidies can have many different impacts on the life of poor women. This webinar aims to foster discussion and exchange on a topic related to FFSR that is still not widely explored. Through strategic country testimonies, participants will be able to understand better how fuel subsidies affect poor women’s lives and how successful reforms can impact on their daily lives.