About the event

The webinar heard perspectives from researchers, policy-makers and industry specialists. It was moderated by Mark Leon Goldberg and recorded and edited into a Global Dispatches podcast.

Panelists:

  • Isabella Lövin, Minister for Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden
  • Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO, Scania
  • Rachel Kyte, Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Michael Lazarus, Senior Scientist and US Centre Director, SEI

Global Dispatches podcast moderator Mark Leon Goldberg.

Rundown:

15:00 Welcome – Moderator Mark Leon Goldberg; Co-Moderator Andrea Lindblom

15:10 Scene-setting remarks – Mark Leon Goldberg

15:15 Q&A session between moderator and panelists

15:45 Q&A session with the audience*

16:10 Concluding remarks and information – Mark Leon Goldberg and Andrea Lindblom

16:15 End

Background

The global economy can shrink by up to 3 percent because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to what the International Monetary Fund calls “the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression.” That parallel makes clear: The pandemic is a hugely disruptive force.

The world will have to recover from this disruption for many years to come. Crafting and deciding on recovery packages and measures has become the order of the day for governments, central banks, and international institutions. A narrow policy window has thus been opening up to steer economic development onto more sustainable, equitable and net-zero emissions pathways.

Photo: Bim / Getty.

But economic recovery solutions remain contested, with many carbon-intensive industries clamoring for support to avoid job losses and maintain business-as-usual activities. If decision makers listen to these voices and make the recovery a carbon-intensive one, there is a significant risk that countries will be locked into future carbon-intensive pathways on a technological, political and societal level.

How do we avoid further locking in unsustainable practices and policies? How can recovery measures catalyze industry transition activities? What challenges are industries facing in the wake of the pandemic crisis? What can governments and financial institutions do ensure a sustainable, just and resilient recovery?

The organizers:

This event is hosted by the Leadership Group for Industry Transition, in partnership with SEI and Global Dispatches.

The Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) was launched by the prime ministers of Sweden and India during the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit on 23 September, 2019, in New York. LeadIT gathers countries and companies that are committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions from industry by 2050. It is supported by the World Economic Forum (WEF). SEI serves as secretariat for LeadIT.