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CMS hosts Café com Energia webinar: "What impact will COVID-19 have on the energy transition and on the sustainable development agenda?"

22 May 2020

The first webinar edition of “Café com Energia” took place on the 21st of May and included the participation of Jorge Moreira da Silva - former Minister of the Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy of Portugal and current Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) at OECD – as speaker and also António Sá da Costa, President of the General Assembly of APREN – Associação Portuguesa de Energias Renováveis (Portuguese Association of Renewable Energies).

This initiative aimed to discussed, in an informal environment, critical topics, such as:

  • What is the impact of the pandemic on the international agenda of sustainable development, climate change and energy transition?
  • Will we see a strengthening or a regression in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030?
  • How can the pandemic change the configuration of the energy transition and climate change model that has been implemented by Governments and companies in recent years?   
  • How can the need for a rapid economic recovery and the need for an environmental and energy sustainability be reconciled?Can the COVID-19 pandemic bring additional motivation to Governments and operators to accelerate the energy transition, aiming at making the positive effects on the environment involuntarily generated by this pathological situation endure in times of economic normality?
  • What should Governments and economic operators do to prevent the unfavourable economic context created by the COVID-19 from paralysing new energy and environmental investments? Is the green deal possible - at European Union level or worldwide?