Globally, the action on climate change has taken a back seat during the still-unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. Resource consumption and energy use patterns and intensities have been altered, which has also brought to light some stark realities. Even though people have been using personal vehicles less, global emissions have been reduced by only 6–8%, since freight transport and electricity production accounted for the rest.
Urban decision-makers have the historic opportunity to learn from this experience, as they reopen and stimulate the economy toward a recovery. For a sustainable and socially just future, strong climate action and zero-carbon energy policy will have to be at the center of their planning and implementation of policies, strategies and projects in the post-pandemic world.
A locally optimal combination of advanced technologies integration, energy efficiency, renewable energy, efficient storage, zero-carbon mobility, materials circularity, district energy systems and smart grid technology all have huge potential to catalyze the economy by providing jobs and establishing low resource consumption for inclusive, safe and resilient communities.
Thursday, July 23 8:30–10 a.m. ET / 2:30–4 p.m. CET / 6–7:30 p.m. IST
GBCI CE credits: 1.5 hours; AICP CM credits: 1.5 hours
Policymakers, urban thinkers, academics and technology innovators from the United States, Europe and Asia will be involved in this session.
Moderator: Vatsal Bhatt, Ph.D., Vice President–Communities, USGBC
- Amit Garg, Ph.D., Indian Institute of Management—Ahmedabad
- Lin-Yi Tsai, Ph.D., Director General, Department of Environmental Sanitation and Toxic Substance Management, Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
- Arun Kumar Tripathi, Ph.D., Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
- Grace Rink, Director, Denver Mayor’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, Resiliency
- Anna Pavlova, Strategic Advisor, The Coefficient Group
- Carsten Rothballer, Coordinator, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI
- Wei Ming Huang, Deputy Director General, Department of Environmental Management, Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)