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G20 coal subsidies: tracking government support to a fading industry

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Written by Ipek Gençsü, Leo Roberts

Hero image description: A truck is loaded with coal in an open cast mine being overseen by an Australian construction company Image credit:Chris Stowers. Image license:© Panos.

However, a decade on from this commitment, G20 governments continue to provide billions of dollars of support for the production and consumption of fossil fuels, spending at least $63.9 billion per year on coal alone, the most polluting fossil fuel. They have also neglected to define or document the full extent of their subsidies. 
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. The report summarises key findings from 18 parallel country briefs, with accompanying data sheets that list all the support identified for each country.

Ipek Gencsu, Shelagh Whitley, Leo Roberts, Christopher Beaton, Han Chen, Alex Doukas, Anna Geddes, Ivetta Gerasimchuk, Lourdes Sanchez and Anissa Suharsono