Reforming environmentally harmful subsidies for a resource efficient Europe

This study (main report - data annexes) led by IEEP and carried out in collaboration with IVM, Ecologic Institute and VITO aims to support the European Commission in implementing the call in the Resource Efficiency Roadmap to phase out EHS by 2020. The study identifies a number of existing EHS in EU Member States across a range of environmental sectors and issues.

The end of Pew Subsidyscope: takeaways for moving subsidy transparency mainstream

Note:  this summary is a joint posting by Doug Koplow (Earth Track) and Ron Steenblik (OECD)

As of the end of June, the Subsidyscope website has been discontinued.  Subsidyscope was an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts to examine federal subsidies across multiple sectors of federal activity.  The project, which included significant involvement by the Sunlight Foundation, ran from 2008-2012. 

A Guidebook to Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform for Policy-Makers in Southeast Asia

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for fossil-fuel subsidy reform-but there are a set of planning stages that are generic, along with many common issues, challenges and potential solutions. The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published a guidebook on how governments can formulate an effective reform strategy that will fit their individual objectives and circumstances. It is aimed at policy-makers in Southeast Asia, but much of its guidance could apply to any region.

Renewable energy's iceberg problem

All forms of energy in the United States get some subsidies -- it's the American way, I suppose.  But big PR battles are fought on who gets how much.  In a recent webinar I did for The Vote Solar Initiative, my goal was to highlight the missing parts of the subsidy estimates that continue to receive most of the media attention.  If one is comparing energy options for the country, it is helpful at least to be incorporating the subsidies to all of the options in an even-handed and comprehensive manner. 

Senate happy to routinely extend $30b in tax breaks; not so happy to assess whether the subsidies do what they were supposed to

One important provision dropped from the Senate's "compromise" tax bill was a requirement that the the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Government Accountability Office actually evaluate tax provisions regularly "extended": by Congress to see if they are accomplishing what they were originally intended to accomplish.

Gaining Traction: The importance of transparency in accelerating the reform of fossil-fuel subsidies

An accurate picture of the level and nature of subsidization is a necessary first step towards reform. Reliable  information facilitates an assessment of the subsidy's costs, distribution and impacts, and the development of effective strategies for reform. At the international level, it provides a foundation for dialogue on reform and for monitoring of progress towards de-subsidization.

The Budget Inferno

Detailed look at the hierarchy of subsidies within the US federal government, using the analogy of Dante's Inferno.  A great summary when the article first appeared nearly 15 years ago, the core issues sadly remain as central challenges today.

Memorandum on the Need to Improve Internal Transparency and Participation in the WTO

(Word Document). Written by 10 NGOs: The Third World Network, Oxfam International, Public Services International, WWF International, The Center for International Environmental Law, Focus on the Global South, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, The Africa Trade Network, The International Gender and Trade Network, and The Tebtebba International Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights.
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