The spread of the coronavirus is a severe and unprecedented public health emergency. While the immediate focus is on combating the spread of the virus, the climate crisis and biodiversity loss are still a reality and require continued attention and efforts. The health crisis has led to a major and still unfolding economic shock, with the economic slowdown compounded by the collapse of global oil prices and the erosion of global energy demand. With a supply surplus in global energy markets and a significant demand shock, the current state of global affairs has no precedent. Concerns are mounting that the current crisis may set back climate action, putting the ongoing clean energy transition in jeopardy.
Questions remain on how to ensure that the global recovery will be sustainable in economic and environmental terms, and what impact the health and economic crisis will have on climate and energy policies, and on the climate ambition worldwide.
The EU Delegation to the U.S. organizes a virtual policy discussion on the implications of the COVID-19 crisis and future pathways to recovery on Thursday 16 April at 1 PM, with: