IF WE TRANSFORM ENERGY, CAN WE KICK START ECONOMIES AND IMPROVE LIVES?

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has transformed the landscape for 2020 and beyond with drastic impacts on public health and the global economy. For many it has given pause for thought and provided a new perspective on how to tackle the other global crisis, climate change.

In June, the International Energy Agency published their World Energy Outlook Special Report on Sustainable Recovery, giving governments a “once-in-a-lifetime” roadmap to sustainably rebuild their economies following COVID-19. The plan demonstrates that 9 million jobs could be created by developing a resilient and cleaner energy system whilst driving economic growth.

The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted a panel of experts to discuss the road to a cleaner system and brighter economic future.

Panelists included:

  • Andrew Kamau, Principal Secretary for Petroleum, Ministry of Petroleum & Mining, Republic of Kenya
  • Cheryl LaFleur, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA
  • Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas & New Energies Director, Shell
  • Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director of Sustainability, Technology, and Outlooks, International Energy Agency; Director, European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy
  • Moderated by Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA

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