Report: G20 'Neither Revealing Nor Removing' Fossil Fuel Subsidies

By Oil Change International, PRNE
Sunday, November 7, 2010

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2010 - As G20 leaders prepare to meet later this week in South Korea, two NGOs
have released the first independent evaluation of the success of the G20
Pledge to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. The report reveals large gaps in
the reporting of subsidies, and that no new actions have been taken by G20
nations as a result of their commitment in Pittsburgh to phase out fossil
fuel subsidies.

Oil Change International and Earth Track jointly prepared the report,
entitled "G20 Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Phase Out: A review of current gaps and
needed changes to achieve success". In Pittsburgh in September 2009, G20
leaders pledged to "rationalize and phase out over the medium term
inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption."

Reports and country submissions documenting G20 progress were released
publicly in August 2010. Oil Change International and Earth Track examined
and evaluated these public documents to conduct the study.

"The G20 is neither revealing nor removing fossil fuel subsidies," said
Steve Kretzmann of Oil Change International. "Each G20 country has defined
'inefficient fossil fuel subsidy' as they like, reported on what they want,
and then listed either no subsidies, or things that they had already said
they were doing."

"There is no accountability, no oversight and review, no actual mechanism
to hold these leaders to their words. Some of the analysis coming out of the
OECD and IEA is quite helpful, but so far, in the process itself, there's
just no action behind the words of the G20," said Kretzmann.

The report evaluates the quality of the reporting on subsidies by
comparing G20 data with other available sets of data on subsidies. It also
analyzes the reasons given for excluding subsidies from phase out and
provides recommendations for ways forward on subsidy reform with the G20, or
another institution such as the World Trade Organization or the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Download the report here:

Celia Alario, +1-310-721-6517, celia at or Steve Kretzmann, +1-202-497-1033, steve at, both of Oil Change International

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