How international climate policy can contribute to a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

Governments around the world are responding with extensive economic stimulus packages to the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The design of these economic stimulus packages will also determine central framework conditions for future climate policy: The stimulus packages can either provide a strong impetus for a climate-friendly economy or cement unsustainable economic practices. In their new article "Harnessing international climate governance to drive a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic," Sebastian Oberthür (IES), Wolfgang Obergassel and Lukas Hermwille (both Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy) discuss how international climate policy can contribute to a green recovery.

The article was published in the journal Climate Policy and is a further developed version of a July 2020 Policy Brief published in the framework of the Jean Monnet Network GOVTRAN, in which the IES teams up with Ghent University, the University of East Anglia, and the University of Eastern Finland.