Will Asean end up going greener after Covid-19?

Published onAugust 27, 2020

Green recovery. Social protection. Smart containment. Decarbonisation. Putting progress in climate action at par with measuring GDP. Creative capacity. These phrases have been running through conversations these days around changing Southeast Asia’s template for development in the post-Covid era. While answer to when, and if, the post-Covid era will come remains uncertain, it is clear that sustainability is back in centre stage — no longer as the hip slogan of the 90s — but as a survival need. In many a webinar, experts say health security and the ability to respond to pandemics have become the new competitive advantage. In a high-level dialogue on Asean’s post-Covid-19 recovery at end-July, the discussion focused on a more sustainable society, rather than just the economy. No one had to sell the idea of why Southeast Asia needs to pull out of fossil fuels and have broad social protection…”Having development and growth and (being) low-carbon do not have to be tradeoff; they can be achieved both”, said Indonesian economist Mari Elka Pangestu, managing director for development policy and partnerships at the World Bank.

Source: https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1972639/will-asean-end-up-going-greener-after-covid-19-