Webinar : The geopolitics of climate change in COVID-19 times

KPMG Global Sustainability Institute : how COVID-19 could affect climate action?

KPMG Global Sustainability Institute : how COVID-19 could affect climate action?

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Webinar : The geopolitics of climate change in COVID-19 times


Over the past three months, as a pandemic has taken hold in the world, the discourse on the impact of COVID-19 on climate change has been framed in stark terms.

One widely-held view suggests that a focus on COVID-19 will mean less focus on climate action; another belief is that COVID-19 will accelerate economic trends towards decarbonisation, encouraging us to avoid climate destruction at all costs.

Yet, the reality is more nuanced, sitting somewhere in-between.

On Wednesday, 1 July, 2020, the KPMG Global Sustainability Institute will host a webinar on the current geopolitics of climate change in Covid times, with leading speakers from political research and analysis firm Eurasia Group.

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, formerly in the leadership of the United Nations and Senior Advisor to Eurasia Group; Rohitesh Dhawan, Managing Director of Eurasia Group’s Energy, Climate & Resources will be in conversation with Adrian King, Global Chair, KPMG Climate Change & Sustainability Services.


- The impact of changes in energy use, due to COVID-19, on GHG emissions in 2020 – and how this affects the carbon budget for 2030 and 2050 targets.

- The impact of COVID-19 on the economics of new energy technologies.

- The outlook for climate policy in 2020 and beyond: how will policies such as carbon pricing, or the Paris Agreement pledges be affected a result of COVID-19?

- The impact of COVID-19 on public opinion and support for climate action.


Webinar animé par :

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world, remains deeply involved in international affairs, and is a Senior Advisor to Eurasia Group. He is Co‐chair of a new Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development.

Rohitesh Dhawan is lead climate & ESG analyst for Eurasia’s Energy, Climate & Resources group. He specializes in the extractives and natural resource sectors, and his areas of focus include national and international climate policies, new energies, social and community development strategies, and just transition issues. Rohitesh has been named one of South Africa’s climate change leaders and is an advisor to the UN Deputy Secretary General.

Adrian King leads KPMG’s global network of climate change and sustainability professionals and is also the Partner in charge of climate, sustainability and ESG services at KPMG in Australia. He advises major clients in multiple sectors on their climate and sustainability performance and strategies.

Informations pratiques & inscriptions

Webinar option 1


Date: Wednesday, 1 July, 2020
Time: 10am – 11am CET / 9am – 10am BST

Webinar option 2*


Date: Wednesday, 1 July, 2020
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm CET / 10.00am – 11.00am EST

*Please note that the second webinar will be a playback of the first webinar.

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