Event description

Climate Home Acting Editor Megan Darby moderated this online event, which brought together researchers, and government and UN officials to preview emerging findings from the 2020 Production Gap Report.

The Production Gap Report was first published in 2019 by leading research institutions and the UN Environment Programme. It highlights the alarming discrepancy between plans for coal, oil, and gas production and levels consistent with Paris goals. A 2020 special issue will speak to major changes in energy markets and government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic to shore up, expand, or transition oil, gas, and coal industries.

In this online event, panellists explored what these changes might mean for the production gap, and how a managed and equitable transition away from fossil fuel production can contribute to a sustainable, just, and resilient recovery.

The event was hosted by SEI, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Overseas Development Institute, and the UN Environment Programme, in partnership with Climate Home News.


15:00: Welcome  Megan Darby, Acting Editor, Climate Home

15:05 – 15:45  Introductory remarks from panel:

  • Adam Matthews, Co-Chair, Transitions Pathway Initiative
  • Andrea Meza, Director, Climate Change Directorate (DCC), Costa Rica Ministry of Environment and Energy
  • Ivetta Gerasimchuk, Sustainable Energy Supplies Lead, IISD
  • Michael Lazarus, Center Director, SEI US
  • Niklas Hagelberg, Coordinator, Sub-Programme on Climate Change, UNEP

15:45 – 16:15  Moderated Q&A