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Posted on on April 12th, 2013
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At cross purposes: subsidies and climate compatible investment

      from: Shelagh Whitley

Dear Colleagues,

ODI is pleased to announce the launch of a new report – At cross purposes: subsidies and climate compatible investment.

This paper highlights the implications of the current separation of the discourses on private climate finance (PCF) and on subsidies, and the opportunities that exist to unlock climate-compatible investment by linking these fields.

This paper points out that within developing countries subsidies to fossil fuels (alone) currently dwarf any efforts toward climate compatible development (CCD) through climate finance.

  • For the 42 developing countries where data are available on either subsidies or climate finance, the scale of fossil-fuel subsidies to consumers, at $396 billion in 2011, is 75 times higher than the average annual approved climate finance of $5 billion from 2010-2012.
  • Five countries (China, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Mexico) appear in both the list of top 12 recipients of climate finance and the list of top 12 providers of fossil-fuel subsidies to domestic consumers.

There has been limited acknowledgment in the climate finance community that current subsidies for fossil fuels (among others) undermine CCD. It is essential to understand these ‘climate-incompatible’ subsidies before designing interventions to mobilise PCF, and there is significant potential to support reform of fossil-subsidies (and other subsidies) through enhanced transparency. This paper also outlines how existing definitions and subsidy estimation practices can support current efforts to track, report, and assess public efforts to mobilise PCF.



Shelagh Whitley
Research Fellow

Climate Change, Environment and Forests
Overseas Development Institute
203 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NJ
United Kingdom

Tel+44 (0)207 922 0382 | Mobile: +44 (0)7702 719 151 |




ODI are advertising for a new Research Fellow to ideally lead our cross-Institute work on Green Growth. The Research Fellow will join a particularly active group, which has been successful in attracting a number of multi-year projects and has enjoyed increasing influence in international and national policy agendas.


Reference: CCEF/03/13

Location: London

Type of contract: Permanent

Salary: £37,403- £59,026 pa

Closing Date: 08/May/2013

Responsibilities of the role include:

• research and policy advisory work: conducting high-quality, innovative research
• fundraising: attracting funds through bids and marketing, including the development of a substantial personal research portfolio
• public affairs: disseminating and promoting ODI’s work and ideas on climate change
• project management: take responsibility for the implementation and administrative and financial management of research, advisory and public affairs projects.

Above all, you have a passionate commitment to green growth in a development context, backed by in-depth experience and skills. You will have:

• extensive knowledge of green economy and green growth issues and their links to development
• experience in policy-orientated research, demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports
• background in economics or possess relevant expertise that allows for assessment of the distributive impacts of green growth
• proven ability to translate research ideas into fundable projects
• strong analytical skills, a capacity to write clearly and excellent organisational and oral communication skills
• strong technical skills in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage: quantitative research methods and modelling, economic assessment, measurement and metrics and impact assessment.

Ideally, we are seeking a leadership figure, so would favour well-established applicants or applicants demonstrating all the attributes of a future leader.

Closing date: 8th May 2013

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at . If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 0351or email

Best wishes,


Emma Lovell
Programme Officer – Adaptation and Resilience, Energy, Climate Change, Environment and Forests

Overseas Development Institute

Tel+44 (0)20 7922 8232 |
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