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    Global Gas Subsidies Soar 72% in 2018


Iran ranked 1st, accounting for more than a fourth of total global subsidies.

by: Dalga Khatinoglu

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Global Gas Subsidies Soar 72% in 2018

Government over the world spent around $98.54bn on gas subsidies in 2018, up 72% yr/yr, according to updated statistics published by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Iran ranked first, spending $26n or more than a fourth of total subsidies.

Gas subsidies ($bn):

 Source: IEA

Source: IEA

Total fossil fuel subsidies came to $426.66bn in 2018, about one third more than in 2017, largely as a result of higher fuel prices.

Fossil fuel subsidies ($bn): 

Source: IEA

These are subsidies on fossil fuel that is consumed directly by end users or is used to generate heat and electricity in the power generation sector.

Iran spent $69.2bn on fossil fuels subsides in 2018, about 54% more than 2017. The figure equals about 18% of the country’s GDP.

Saudi Arabia spent $48.8bn for fossil fuels subsidies, ranking second, while China spent $44.5bn, ranking third.