IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative calls on Parties to incorporate fossil-fuel subsidy reform into the UNFCCC processes and mechanisms

IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative has just published a policy brief making recommendations to Parties on incorporating fossil-fuel subsidy reform more formally into the UNFCCC processes and mechanisms. 

Key Recommendations for Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): 


  1. Propose options for addressing fossil-fuel subsidy reform—for example, through technical workshops and discussions—in country submissions on increasing pre- 2020 ambition to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP–Workstream 2).1 (Next submissions are due September 1, 2013.) 
  2. Explore the possibility of developing fossil-fuel subsidy reform as a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA). Interested developing countries can consider communicating to the Secretariat that they intend to implement fossil-fuel subsidy reform as a NAMA and request support. 
  3. Raise fossil-fuel subsidy reform in submissions to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), requesting methodological issues related to reform be added to the agenda or discussed in a dedicated workshop. 
  4. Include fossil-fuel subsidy reform on the agenda of the proposed ministerial meeting on energy efficiency and renewable energy at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) in Warsaw, pointing out how it can reduce barriers to energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment. 
  5. Voluntarily report on fossil-fuel subsidies and steps toward reform as part of national communications, biennial reports and biennial update reports. 
See the report at http://www.iisd.org/gsi/prioritizing-fossil-fuel-subsidy-reform-unfccc-process-recommendations-short-term-actions