Senior Policy Advisor, Energy and Lead, Indonesia
Philip Gass is a Senior Policy Advisor, Energy and Lead, Indonesia with the Energy program, specializing in climate change and energy policy at the sub-national and national level in North America and Indonesia as well as international developments within the UNFCCC process.
His recent work has focused on development of fiscal policy approaches that facilitate GHG mitigation including carbon pricing and subsidy reform. He also works directly on economic models that promote sustainability including the green economy, circular economy, and just transitions. In Indonesia he has focused on strategies to shift from coal to renewable energy and in Canada his recent work has included efforts to encourage producer and consumer fossil fuel subsidy reform. He has a background in political economy and stakeholder engagement, having worked in a legislative setting in Canada prior to joining IISD.
- Indonesians Are Demanding Climate Action — How can the government answer their calls?Thousands of people, youth especially, are calling for Indonesia and countries around the world to live up to their commitments on climate change.
- How Will the Circular Economy Impact Jobs?New research digs into some of the possible job impacts if a country like Finland fully embraces a circular economy model.
- In Search of Just Transition: Examples From Around the WorldWhat is a just transition? Essentially, it’s a balancing act.
- Good COP, Bad COP: Reflections from a climate change conferenceStresses and worries after the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, comes to an end... but hope, too.
- The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)While COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference—with parties focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement—there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.
- Carbon Pricing: Busting four major mythsWe break down four common myths about renewable energy and carbon pricing. Feel free to use these facts next time someone tells you that coal is the future or that carbon pricing is just a hoax invented to increase your taxes.
- Looking Back on the “Caterpillar COP”Was COP 23 really the 'Caterpillar COP'? Phil Gass and Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun take look back, and remind us that caterpillars are ultimately destined to emerge as butterflies...
- Reactions to Canada's Climate Change Framework: ElectricityIn the second of a series of blog posts on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Phil Gass explores what the framework will mean for the electricity sector.
- As Wind Power Expands in China—What's Been Learned? Over the past decade, wind power has taken off in China. We explore the challenges China has faced linked this rapid growth.
- Canadian Climate Change Policy: Lessons from the provincesAt the tail end of November, Canada’s newly-elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, will attend...
- North American Climate and Energy Policy—The Case for Better CoherenceCanada is at a crossroads. A newly elected government has committed to do more than its predecessor to address climate change.
- Fossil fuel subsidy reform in Canada: A post-partisan issueAlmost unnoticed in Canada’s federal election campaign is the fact that all national political...
- Fossil fuel subsidy reform – turning the tide?The recent announcement from UAE that it will reform domestic fossil fuel subsidies is the latest in a growing number of countries taking the opportunity to reform subsidies within the energy sector.