Can the Covid-19 recovery be green
Covid-19 has delivered one of the biggest shocks in modern history and has impacted the way we live our lives, from how we shop, to how we work, including how we get there.
One silver lining to the economic slowdown has been the fast and unprecedented reduction of CO2 emissions. As we start to emerge from Covid-19 and reboot our economies, pressure to prioritize rapid regrowth will be high. Can we achieve a green recovery?
Cleaner air quality, healthier water, effective waste management, and enhanced biodiversity protection not only reduce the vulnerability of communities to pandemics and improve resilience, but have the potential to boost economic activity, generate income, create jobs, and reduce inequalities.
Green recovery is a win-win strategy and governments have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure a sustainable recovery if they:
- Track progress through pertinent, comparable and timely data.