Within NAVIGATE, partners are currently analysing the impacts of COVID-19 on
- structural change in the economy and how recovery packages can be structured to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy;
- demand for energy services and other lifestyle changes; and
On 18 November 2020, over 100 participants joined the ENGAGE, COMMIT, and NAVIGATE teams in a virtual workshop to hear the latest information from modelling teams and policymakers on the relationships between COVID-19, low-emission pathways in line with the Paris Agreement climate goals, and the next steps in the Paris Agreement implementation process.
Representatives from PBL, the UNFCCC, IIASA, and RFF-CMCC shared insights into the implications of COVID for UNFCCC processes and timelines, the results of an expert and policymaker survey on the potential impact of COVID on climate policy, and what we know so far about Paris-compatible pathways in light of COVID-19. COPPETEC and NewClimate provided more information about country-specific measures for a green recovery and climate action. Officials from South Africa, Germany, and the US then presented national perspectives on climate action and COVID-19 recovery.
Leading questions covered in the discussions
- What are the implications of COVID for the climate policy making process?
- In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, do we need to update our understanding of a transition to a carbon neutral future in line with the Paris goals?
- Can ambitious climate action scenarios be seen as COVID-recovery scenarios?
- What are the possibilities for a green recovery?
On 28th September 2020, the ENGAGE and NAVIGATE projects jointly hosted a workshop for European stakeholders. The meeting took a participatory approach to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing recovery packages could affect the achievement of decarbonization goals. The discussion was supported by short inputs from the ENGAGE and NAVIGATE projects on recent analyses that have been carried out, as well as ongoing research on demand and supply shocks, lifestyle changes and recovery packages as a result of the pandemic. Stakeholders and researchers from the project discussed constraints and enablers in break-out sessions, with experts from policy, business and industry, civil society and academia coming together to share their insights.