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With over 10 years of experience, the IISD Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) is widely recognized as world-class leader in the quantification, evaluation and reform of subsidies.

Governments around the world spend at least a trillion dollars a year on subsidies to exploit the world's natural resources. But faced with increasing fiscal constraints, and concerned about making their economies cleaner, more inclusive and stable, governments are under increasing pressure to change course.

GSI works closely with governments to help them move away from subsidies that hinder sustainability. The goal is to encourage individual governments to undertake unilateral reforms on subsidy policy where these would deliver clear economic, environmental and social benefits. GSI also aims to generate a consensus in the World Trade Organization and in other forums on the need to take resolute, ongoing and systematic action to reduce or eliminate subsidies that are trade-distorting and undermine sustainable development.

  • Briefing Note
    G20 Coal Subsidies: Indonesia

    G20 Coal Subsidies: Indonesia

    This country study and accompanying data sheet compile publicly available information on G20 subsidies to the production and consumption of coal (including coal-fired power) in Indonesia in 2016 and 2017. 

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  • Briefing Note
    G20 Coal Subsidies: Canada

    G20 Coal Subsidies: Canada

    This country study and accompanying data sheet compiles publicly available information on G20 subsidies to the production and consumption of coal (including coal-fired power) in Canada in 2016 and 2017. 

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  • Briefing Note
    G20 Coal Subsidies: Russia

    G20 Coal Subsidies: Russia

    This country study and accompanying data sheet compiles publicly available information on G20 subsidies to the production and consumption of coal (including coal-fired power) in Russia in 2016 and 2017.  

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  • Briefing Note
    G20 Coal Subsidies: Mexico

    G20 Coal Subsidies: Mexico

    This country study and accompanying data sheet compiles publicly available information on G20 subsidies to the production and consumption of coal (including coal-fired power) in Mexico in 2016 and 2017. 

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  • Report
    G20 Coal Subsidies: Tracking government support to a fading industry

    G20 Coal Subsidies: Tracking government support to a fading industry

    This research tracks each G20 country’s progress in phasing out subsidies to the production and consumption of coal (including coal-fired power), looking at fiscal support, public finance and state-owned enterprise investment.  

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  • Energy Efficiency and Subsidy Reform: A virtuous circle

    Energy challenges are similar across the world. Fortunately, so are the solutions. In many cases, subsidy reform and energy efficiency are closely linked and mutually supportive.

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    Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolution

    Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolution

    A “subsidy swap”—reallocating some of the savings from fossil fuel subsidy reform to fund the clean energy transition—can bring in economic, social and environmental benefits.

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  • Blog
    Canada Slow to Come Clean on Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    Canada Slow to Come Clean on Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    Without adequately addressing subsidies, the federal government undermines benefits from its own commendable carbon pricing policies.

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  • Blog
    Overfishing Calls for Concrete Actions

    Overfishing Calls for Concrete Actions

    Our oceans and fish stocks—and the populations that depend on them—all suffer from the consequences of overfishing. We share a glimpse of the current WTO push to end harmful fisheries subsidies by 2020.

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  • Blog
    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Fossil fuel subsidies and reform on the rise

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Fossil fuel subsidies and reform on the rise

    Between 2015 and 2018, 50 countries undertook some level of fossil fuel subsidy reform. That doesn't mean consumer subsidies are decreasing, however.

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