Recovering Better: A Green, Equitable and Resilient Recovery from Coronavirus

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As the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, many governments are already discussing plans for post-crisis recovery. Overcoming the health crisis is now the top priority, but measures taken for economic, social and nature recovery have the potential to set the world on track for greener and more equitable development.

This policy brief makes the case for green, equitable and resilient recovery plans; unpacks the various ways of greening these plans; suggests ways of financing them; and finally makes the case for international coordination. The briefing focuses on industrialised countries and attempts to set out a framework of analysis and argument, but does not claim to be a definitive or comprehensive statement. Some elements may quickly become out of date.

Commissioned by the International Climate Politics Hub and the European Climate Foundation, this briefing has been written by Michael Jacobs, Professor of Political Economy at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield, and Ronan Palmer of E3G, an independent climate change think tank accelerating the transition to a climate-safe world, with additional research and writing by Laurie Laybourn-Langton and Michael Davies. The briefing can and should be freely used and adapted by anyone who shares the goal of a green, equitable and resilient recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

Read the full briefing, Recovering Better: A Green, Equitable and Resilient Recovery from Coronavirus, here.


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