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Greenness of Stimulus Index

Over the past 2 months the world has witnessed unprecedented government financial interventions in response to Covid-19. Governments have rightly put people first and focussed on the immediate implications of the crisis – with roughly 73% of the money going directly to households and those on the frontline.

But new analysis, by Vivid Economics concludes that the remaining 27% of the money- roughly 2.2 trillion-  is going to support environmentally intensive business directly, and that most governments are failing to use this support to secure medium-term benefits to their citizens’ welfare and the natural world around them.  As a result, the vast majority of the money going to business in the short term could be risking future environmental sustainability.

The coronavirus shows us that our fate is inextricably linked to that of the natural world. Governments might be inadvertently creating conditions which make things worse when they have the opportunity and responsibility to ensure short-term emergency measures lead to a better more resilient future.

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Upcoming Events

James Patterson-Waterston who leads our Cities and Infrastructure practice will be speaking on the webinar panel hosted by the IDB on COVID: Reactivating Cities Economies : The Path to the New Normal on May 26th, 9:00 a.m. (EST) the webinar cycle of the IDB Cities Network on local management in the coronavirus crisis. On this occasion, participants will learn about the following experiences, strategies and actions on economic reactivation of cities.

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Reactivating Cities’ Economies: The Path to the New Normal after COVID-19

May 26 2020. 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

How are cities confronting the coronavirus pandemic? Amidst these uncertain and complex times, the IDB Cities Network’s webinar series aims to create a virtual space in which local city leaders can discuss their experiences in managing the Coronavirus pandemic from a health and socioeconomic perspective.

Vivid Economics’ Principal, James Patterson-Waterston will be participating in this webinar which focuses on how to reactivate employment, investment, urban mobility and the use of public space in the post-pandemic city? Collaboration and urban innovation will be crucial for socio-economic solutions aligned with sustainable development goals.

In the sixth meeting of the webinar cycle of the IDB Cities Network on local management in the coronavirus crisis. On this occasion, participants will learn about the following experiences, strategies and actions on economic reactivation of cities.

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Featured case study

Border Carbon Adjustments and Industrial Competitiveness in a European Green Deal

In this working paper, Stuart Evans, Michael Mehling, Robert Ritz and Paul Sammon discuss the need for a potential rethink in the design of the EU’s Border Carbon Adjustment to ensure it protects competitiveness and safeguards against carbon leakage.

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Stephen Boucher (European Climate Foundation)

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