New report on fossil fuel subsidies in developing countries

An important new report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in the UK reviews the organisations and governments involved in supporting other countries to reform their fossil fuel subsidies and the approaches being undertaken. Entitled Fossil fuel subsidies in developing countries: A review of support to reform processes, the report builds a comprehensive understanding of which actors are working in the area of FFSR, what in-country advice and technical assistance is being proposed, planned, and undertaken, and finally to identify areas for strategic involvement, including through the use of climate finance.

Previous ODI research called for bold action to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 research, on the basis that they undermine international efforts to avert dangerous climate change and represent a drain on national budgets. These subsidies are increasing globally, are a major obstacle to green investment and seriously undermine attempts to put a price on carbon. Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, with proper safeguards for the poor, could enable inclusive green growth.

The aim of this research is to provide a review of the organisations and governments involved in supporting other countries to reform their fossil fuel subsidies and the approaches being undertaken. It builds a comprehensive understanding of which actors are working in the area of FFSR, what in-country advice and technical assistance is being proposed, planned, and undertaken, and finally to identify areas for strategic involvement, including through the use of climate finance.

The research covers:

  • Types of interventions and their scope. Types of activities are categorised into three areas: subsidy identification and estimation, country focused reform, and coordination. The scope of activities identifies countries of focus; fossils fuels targeted; emphasis on consumer or producer subsidies.
  • Funding, delivery channels and entry points and delivery channels.
  • Opportunities for additional support to fossil fuel subsidy reform.

You can download the report from the ODI website.

 

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