Around the world, countries are undertaking fiscal stimulus in order to accelerate their recovery from COVID-19. In some locations, governments are integrating into their stimulus programs investments designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, increase clean energy innovation, create jobs, and provide climate solutions. This event will focus on so-called "green stimulus" in several settings around the globe -- in the United States, in the European Union, and in developing countries including those across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a candid and far-reaching panel discussion on green recovery from COVID-19, which explored various governments’ approaches to creating jobs and cutting emissions through such elements as clean energy transition funds, carbon taxes and green infrastructure.

Panelists shared insights on prospects for a green recovery and discussed how economies could emerge from this crisis stronger and more sustainable than we were before.


  • Dr. Mauricio Cárdenas, Visiting Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative, UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
  • Commissioner Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
  • Welcome Remarks by Merit E. Janow, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Moderated by Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA