Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and their Reform
Edited by Frans H. Oosterhuis and Patrick ten Brink
Chapter 11: Phasing out environmentally harmful subsidies worldwide
This chapter analyses the potential effects of and available tools for phasing out environmentally harmful subsidies, thereby focusing on the fossil fuels, agricultural and fisheries sector. The author revisits the status quo of environmentally harmful subsidies in the identified sectors. The analysis then proceeds to the assessment of existing global fora for subsidy reform, discussing the role of, inter alia, the UN system and the WTO, and pledging a closer coordination between relevant actors from different fields. Based on this assessment, the chapter addresses the identified challenges and outlines ways to overcome barriers in reforming harmful subsidies globally. The analysis is widely informed by successful precedents of subsidy reform at the national and regional level.
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