Covid-19 has resulted in unprecedented economic shutdowns globally. At its peak, factories fell silent and transport networks became dormant, resulting in the largest drop in global carbon emissions since World War II. However, this year-on-year fall pales in comparison to the sustained drop in global carbon emissions necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. In addition, major drops in emissions primarily impacted transport and industry — which only account for one-third of global emissions.

In a previous article published in The Edge Singapore — “Covid-19 and climate change” — we laid out the urgency of a green recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. One in 10 Southeast Asian citizens are at risk of displacement due to climate change, with the region facing risks of catastrophic economic losses of up to 90% of GDP per capita by 2100 if temperatures reach 4°C above pre-industrial levels. In this article, we seek to lay out 10 imperatives that can accelerate a green and resilient recovery.

A pivotal moment for climate

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