Green or Brown? As lock downs lift, governments face a recovery climate choice

Green or Brown? As lock downs lift, governments face a recovery climate choice

Matthew Green, Kate Abnett, Reuters

Climate advocates see post-coronavirus recovery as a once-in-generation chance for green reboot

…The EU’s executive Commission says all spending from the fund must “do no harm” to its climate goals, although some researchers caution that safeguards are weak.

“There’s been some promising noises coming from the EU but we need to see action,” said Mohamed Adow, director of Power Shift Africa, an energy think-tank in Nairobi.

A 130-billion-euro package unveiled by Germany last month aims to boost electric vehicles and the use of clean hydrogen fuel. France has pledged 15 billion euros in near-term climate spending plus 8 billion euros to help electrify its automotive industry.

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