Aligning post-pandemic recovery plans with climate and development goals

School chil­dren from Kem­bu pri­ma­ry school hold­ing solar lights, Longisa, Bomet coun­ty, Kenya

Post-pan­dem­ic recov­ery plans will play an impor­tant role in strength­en­ing health­care sys­tems and rebuild­ing economies. These stim­u­lus pack­ages and pol­i­cy respons­es present a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to steer the glob­al econ­o­my towards sus­tain­able growth, increase resilience and bol­ster efforts to tack­le the chal­lenge of cli­mate change. 

While the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic has first flat­ten the CO2 emis­sion curve in 2020, lessons learnt from past glob­al crises sug­gest that a rapid rebound to a post cri­sis lev­el is like­ly to come. The short-term decrease of ener­gy demand has a lim­it­ed impact on sus­tain­able CO2 reduc­tion, how­ev­er, the post-pan­dem­ic recov­ery plans can serve as impor­tant stim­uli for green­ing the ener­gy sec­tor. Cur­rent recov­ery plans still fore­see finan­cial com­mit­ments to fos­sil fuels and mea­sures that are harm­ful for the envi­ron­ment. How­ev­er, green­ing the econ­o­my post COVID-19 opens up not only cli­mate relat­ed but also var­i­ous socio-eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits. Espe­cial­ly the deploy­ment of renew­able ener­gy can fos­ter eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty, cre­ate jobs and increase productivity. 

Our fel­low Minh Anh Nguyen wrote about the oppor­tu­ni­ties that pol­i­cy­mak­ers could inte­grate to exhaust the full poten­tial of a green recovery. 

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