The Yale Economic Growth Center, the South Asian Studies Council at Yale MacMillan Center, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs present
- Dieter Helm, professor of energy policy at the University of Oxford and former Independent Chair of the UK’s Natural Capital Committee
- Sunil Amrith, Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale, and current chair of the South Asian Studies Council
- Rohini Pande, Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale
- Rory Stewart, Senior Fellow at Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
“Climate Change and Global Development: Net-Zero after Covid-19?”
In the quest for net-zero global carbon emissions, will advances in technology suffice or must we make hard decisions that affect economic growth? And if the traditional methods of growth must drastically change, what should we ask of rich and poor countries?
In climate negotiations, lower-income countries have long asserted that they are being asked to sacrifice economic development for a problem largely caused by rich, industrialized nations. Today, Western countries set bold emission targets, even as they continue to import goods manufactured in developing countries at a high environmental cost. And countries like India may increase reliance on coal to help mitigate the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic – even as they set targets for renewable energy production.
How will the economic relationships between developed and developing countries influence the path of climate change? What policies are necessary? And when policy fails, what can citizens do to help reduce carbon emissions?