Avoiding a Zombie Recovery: Public money for clean energy, not for fossil fuels

16. November 2020, 3 P.M. Central European Time

As part of the London Climate Action Week, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and partners organize an interactive session about green recovery efforts in the energy sector.

The event is related to the EnergyPolicyTracker.Org, a project by over 20 independent research organizations tracking public money commitments for both clean energy and fossil fuels in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

As of 14 October 2020, economic sectors responsible for fossil fuels production and consumption got 52% of the public money commitments tracked in the G20 and seven other countries. But it is still not too late to tip the balance towards a greener recovery. That is why the Energy Policy Tracker partner organizations and their invitees run an interactive session to respond to the following questions:

  • Which G20 governments have achieved most progress in phasing out support to fossil fuels, and what made it possible?
  • What are the most inspiring green recovery initiatives in the global North and South?
  • Do “green strings” work for bailing out fossil fuel projects?
  • How can public finance support green recovery in emerging and developing economies?

The session will be moderated by Ivetta Gerasimchuk, who leads the sustainable energy supplies activities of IISD’s Energy Program and its Global Subsidies Initiative.


  • Mattias Frumerie, Ministry of Environment of Sweden
  • Tom Moerenhout, Columbia University
  • Anna Geddes, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Kanika Chawla, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Elisa Arond, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Laurie van der Burg, Oil Change International

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ERsyHttxR0KCNvwBoU4e8A