Five Lessons from COVID-19 for Advancing Climate Change Mitigation

30 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2020

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David Klenert

European Commission-Joint Research Centre

Franziska Funke

University of Oxford – Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

Linus Mattauch

University of Oxford

Brian O'Callaghan

University of Oxford - Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

Date Written: June 2, 2020

Abstract

The nexus of COVID-19 and climate change has so far brought attention to short-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, public health responses and clean recovery stimulus packages. We take a more holistic approach, making five broad comparisons between the crises with five associated lessons for climate change mitigation policy. First, delay is costly. Second, policy design must overcome biases to human judgment. Third, inequality can be exacerbated without timely action. Fourth, global problems require multiple forms of international cooperation. Fifth, transparency of normative positions is needed to navigate value judgments at the science-policy interface. Learning from policy actions during the COVID-19 crisis could enhance efforts to reduce GHG emissions and prepare humanity for future crises.

Keywords: Climate Change, COVID-19, Mitigation, Global Commons, Political Transformation, Cost of Delay

JEL Classification: Q54, Q58, I18, D01, D79, H11, H12, Z18

Suggested Citation

Klenert, David and Funke, Franziska and Mattauch, Linus and O'Callaghan, Brian, Five Lessons from COVID-19 for Advancing Climate Change Mitigation (June 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3622201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3622201

David Klenert (Contact Author)

European Commission-Joint Research Centre ( email )

Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Rue du
Brussels, Brussels 1050
Belgium

Franziska Funke

University of Oxford – Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School ( email )

United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.inet.ox.ac.uk/people/franziska-funke/

Linus Mattauch

University of Oxford ( email )

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Brian O'Callaghan

University of Oxford - Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment ( email )

United Kingdom

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