Impact of COVID-19 on Japan and India: Climate, Energy and Economic Stimulus

Working Paper
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While the initial pieces of evidence indicate that COVID-19 induced economic slowdown and lockdown present short-term benefits to air quality and the environment, these also pose a double-edged challenge in the long-term. On one side, the slowing down of the economy can have an adverse impact on countries’ ongoing efforts towards climate mitigation, and on the other, the resumption of the gradual but the large-scale economic activities can put a renewed pressure on the environment.

This paper highlights the COVID-19 impacts on Japan and India, and discusses the dynamics of climate mitigation initiatives, energy sector and economic recovery. 

As a way forward, the paper points out that greater policy attention by Japan and India on green recovery can facilitate greater collaboration between the two in promoting co-innovation of technologies and manufacturing.