The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Gaining Momentum Internationally
Ahead of upcoming meetings in June of the G20 in Mexico and the United Nations Rio + 20 Summit, the pace of activity around worldwide efforts to phase out subsidy reform is quickening.
Last weekend, the G8 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies in their statement coming out of the Camp David summit. This commitment from the richest countries in the world comes on the heels of 111 countries being represented in submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change supporting the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.
In response to increasing worldwide attention to fossil fuel subsidies, Oil Change International, in collaboration with 75 other NGOs around the world, has released a joint statement outlining four key steps governments should take in phasing out these wasteful subsidies by 2015. The NGOs’ key steps are:
- Define plans to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2015
- Increase transparency and consistency in reporting of subsidies
- Incorporate assistance and safeguards to developing countries, as well as poor and vulnerable groups
- Establish or identify an international body to facilitate and support fossil fuel subsidy reform.
The statement and list of signatories can be found by clicking here.
Looking ahead, the G20 summit hosted by Mexico in mid June followed immediately by the “Rio+20″ conference on sustainable development in Brazil present key opportunities for world leaders to take the next steps to concretize action to eliminate these subsidies.
“The first rule of holes is that when you’re in one, stop digging,” said Steve Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International. “We are hopeful that G20 leaders and all governments convened at the Rio+20 negotiations next month will heed this call and take these critical and concrete steps to remove these subsidies."
Oil Change International’s fossil fuel subsidy page also provides links to official statements by world leaders in the G20 and other groupings about eliminating fossil fuel subsidies; reports from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Energy Agency et al on fossil fuel subsidy removal; links to other NGOs working on this issue; quotes for prominent figures about subsidies, and more. These resources can all be found by clicking here.
For more information, click here.
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Bijal Trivedi
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Nov. 13 that describes a list of microorganisms that have become resistant to antibiotics and pose a serious threat to public health. Each year these so-called superbugs cause more than 2.8 million infections in the U.S. and kill more than 35,000 people.
By Joe Vukovich
Under the guise of responding to consumer complaints that today's energy- and water-efficient dishwashers take too long, the Department of Energy has proposed creating a new class of dishwashers that wouldn't be subject to any water or energy efficiency standards at all. The move would not only undermine three decades of progress for consumers and the environment, it is based on serious distortions of fact regarding today's dishwashers.
By Emily Moran
If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, perhaps you've noticed that some years the ground is carpeted with their acorns, and some years there are hardly any. Biologists call this pattern, in which all the oak trees for miles around make either lots of acorns or almost none, "masting."
By Catherine Davidson
Tashi Yudon peeks out from behind a net curtain at the rooftops below and lets out a sigh, her breath frosting on the windowpane in front of her.
Some 700 kilometers away in the capital city Delhi, temperatures have yet to dip below 25 degrees Celsius, but in Spiti there is already an atmosphere of impatient expectation as winter settles over the valley.