IISD-FFFSR-Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs - Panel Discussion

Resilient Recovery through Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform 

12 November, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (CET)

It is critical to align climate ambitions with socioeconomic priorities. Unlocking revenues dedicated to fossil fuel subsidies can stimulate Paris Agreement-consistent COVID-19 recovery. This session highlights the role that energy price reform plays to increase ambition on climate change, as well as build back better from the current pandemic. 



  • Ambassador Stefan Estermann, Head of the Sectoral Foreign Policies Division, State Secretariat, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
  • Anna Geddes, IISD
  • Angela Picciariello, Overseas Development Institute
  • Ville Rimali, Director, Growth & Development, Wartsila


  • Welcoming Remarks and comments on the mission of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and national efforts on climate change
  • Progress on commitments to reform subsidies - Presentation G20 Scorecard on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform
  • A breakdown on green and brown pandemic recovery finance – The Energy Policy Tracker initiative
  • Business perspectives on the potential for fiscal reform to spur green investment
  • Q & A

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