Senior Policy Advisor, Energy and Lead, Indonesia
Philip Gass is a Senior Policy Advisor, Energy and Lead, Indonesia with the Energy program, specializing in climate change and energy policy at the sub-national and national level in North America and Indonesia, and international developments within the UNFCCC process.
His recent work has focused on development of provincial climate change strategies, GHG mitigation policy for state owned enterprises in developing countries, the green economy in Canada and internationally, energy policy (including CCS stakeholder engagement), early reduction allowances within the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and the engagement of the private sector in international climate negotiations. Prior to joining IISD in 2008, Philip spent three years with the Official Opposition Caucus in the Manitoba Legislature as a substantive policy researcher specializing in the portfolios of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines (including climate change) and Manitoba Hydro.
In addition to the IISD publications below, he contributed the following UNEP published report, Green Economy Scoping Study: Serbia.
- New poll shows Canadians want to end public subsidies for oil and gas companiesNew polling shows that Canadians are strongly opposed to federal and provincial governments using public dollars to subsidize oil and gas companies.
- Les subventions du gouvernement à la consommation et au développement d'hydrocarbures au QuébecDe 2011-12 à 2016-17, le gouvernement du Québec a ainsi versé en moyenne 300 millions de dollars par année en allègement à la taxe sur les carburants, des mesures qui vont à l’encontre d’une diminution de la consommation d’hydrocarbures.
- Missing the 23 Per Cent Target: Roadblocks to the development of renewable energy in IndonesiaThis report seeks to answer the question of why renewable energy deployment, particularly wind and solar, has not taken off in Indonesia. To understand the forces shaping the sector, and what can be done to remedy the situation, IISD conducted interviews with politicians, civil servants, industry representatives, renewable energy developers, civil society organizations, international donors and other stakeholders. A total of 26 interviews took place, revealing the roots of the problem, the broader political economy of the energy sector and some possible ways forward.
- Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Just Transition: Integrating approaches for complementary outcomesThis paper goes into detail about the various ways in which FFSR can be consistent with just transition. The scale of current fossil fuel subsidies in the world coupled with the massive financial needs for transition are early indicators of the benefits of approaching FFSR with just transition in mind.
- Cities and Smart Grids in CanadaThis report looks specifically at smart grids within the context of grid modernization and urban settings in Canada.
- North American Energy Integration: Assessing oil and gas policy issues ahead of NAFTA renegotiationMexico, Canada and the United States stand to benefit from increasing energy sector interconnectedness and coordination. What key environmental and fiscal policy areas related to oil and gas development provide opportunities for further harmonization?
- Financial Supports for Coal and Renewables in IndonesiaThis report shows that the “true cost” of coal, including subsidies and externalities such as GHG emissions and air pollution, is considerably greater than the cost of renewable energy in Indonesia.
- Making the Switch: From fossil fuel subsidies to sustainable energyThis report estimates fossil fuel subsidies to be around USD 425 billion. Such subsidies represent large lost opportunities for governments to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development.
- Costing Energy and Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Nunavut: A mapping exerciseThis report, entitled Costing Energy and Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Nunavut, was commissioned by World Wildlife Fund Canada and undertaken by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
- Wind Power in China: A cautionary taleThis reports looks at some of the challenges that China has faced in expanding wind power. It identifies the ways that the government has sought to address these challenges and offers recommendations to support expanded wind power in China and elsewhere.
- Stories of Coal Phase-Out: Lessons learned for ChinaThis report offers a summary of several countries’ experiences implementing energy policy shifts in an area of particular interest to China: the transition away from coal to cleaner fuels and a low-carbon economy.
- Supporting Energy Pricing Reform and Carbon Pricing Policies Through CreditingThis study examines the role that policy crediting might play in increasing the mitigation impact of energy pricing reform and carbon pricing policies.