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.

10 March 2020

Climate Change, Trade, and Sustainable Development

How can trade rules and climate policy be made mutually supportive? On Tuesday 10 March, the New Zealand Embassy and SEI will host a seminar Climate Change, Trade, and Sustainable Development: Capturing Synergies on the Road to COP 26. This timely discussion in the run-up to COP 26 in Glasgow will bring together government officials, […]

05 December 2019

Raising NDC ambition to reach climate action goals: Fossil fuel subsidies, energy pricing and swaps

How much can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions if we raise ambition with second-generation Nationally Determined Contributions? This panel and discussion will focus on sharing lessons and best practices on fossil fuel subsidy reform and pricing based on country experience. Experts will present results on GHG emission reduction from energy modelling research over 20 countries […]

10 October 2019

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reform: International collaboration and the link between sustainability objectives and global trade

12:00-13:30 The event will shine light on how the phasing-out of fossil fuel subsidies can advance sustainable consumption and production in the context of global trade. Fossil fuel subsidies were estimated at more than USD 500 billion in 2018. These subsidies have a series of negative effects: they are socially regressive, encourage wasteful consumption, increase […]

10 July 2019

Converting Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform into Opportunities for Climate Action

About Side event in the margins of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2019, co-sponsored by Costa Rica, New Zealand, Switzerland, Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, IISD/Global Subsidies Initiative and UNEP. Background Fossil-fuel subsidy reform is the missing piece of the climate change jigsaw and governments must deliver global actions to decrease emissions […]

20 June 2019

Raising Ambition in NDCs via fossil fuel subsidy reform, taxation and swaps: country results

Agenda 15.00-15.10 Welcome and Chair Kay Harrison, New Zealand 15.10-15.25 Introduction and Opening Remarks 15.25-15.40 GSI-IF Modelling Results Dr Andrea Bassi, GSI-IISD 15.40-15.50 Policy implications from findings Laura Merrill, GSI-IISD 15.50-16.00 Reform effort and investment in Sustainable Development including social safety nets Country speaker (TBC) 16:00-16:10 Friends FFSR and Switzerland’s support Jacques Ducrest, Switzerland 16.10-16.20 UNFCCC implications and transparency on FFS for effective […]

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
  • Netherlands