As the coronavirus pandemic looms large across the world, economies face major challenges as consumer demand declines, employee payroll is cut, capital shrinks, and billions of people remain in government-imposed quarantine. Economic downturn, cheap oil and gas prices, and global supply chain disruptions will likely have major consequences for clean energy development and climate action in the wake of a prolonged global shutdown.
Will upcoming stimulus relief packages serve to benefit clean energy advancement and “green collar” job creation, or will energy remain largely on the sidelines, as it was in the recent US stimulus package? Will coal see an early demise as it battles cheap gas prices and dropping energy demand? Will governments and companies scale back climate goals in the face of a recession? Much remains unknown, and the future of clean energy development and global climate progress hangs in the balance. Tune in as our lineup of expert panelists discusses this critical issue and prognosticates on the future.
A conversation with
Former Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency
Distinguished Fellow, Global Energy Center
Former CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
Dean, The Fletcher School
Head of Americas
Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center