Pathways to Breaking the Fossil Fuel Lock-In
Fossil fuel subsidies persist globally, can the Paris Agreement and the SDGs reform them?
The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency (MESAM project).
Fossil fuel subsidies persist all over the world, despite their economic and environmental costs. While domestic reforms are underway, it remains unclear how international institutions could support such efforts.
This project assesses the pathways through which international environmental institutions, in accordance with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, influence domestic fossil fuel subsidy reforms. The project does so by carrying out a regression analysis of all countries, and in-depth case studies of Canada, India, Indonesia and New Zealand.
The project will provide knowledge about which pathways are conducive for promoting fossil fuel subsidy reforms.
Title of the project: Pathways to Breaking the Fossil Fuel Lock-In: Assessing the Influence of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform
Researchers on the project
- Jakob Skovgaard
Email: jakob [dot] skovgaard [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
- Harro van Asselt
Email: harro [dot] vanasselt [at] uef [dot] fi
- Åsa Knaggård
Email: asa [dot] knaggard [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
- Roger Hildingsson
Email: roger [dot] hildingsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
- Evan Drake
Email: evan [dot] drake [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
- Jakob Skovgaard & Harro van Asselt (Eds.). 2018. The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform, Cambridge: Cambridge: University Press
- Jakob Skovgaard & Harro van Asselt. 2019. “The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform: Implications for Climate Change Mitigation”, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 10(4)
- Jakob Skovgaard. 2017. “The Devil Lies in the Definition – Competing Approaches to Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the IMF and the OECD”, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17(3)