Michael Jary: Post-coronavirus, sustainability will matter more than ever

Michael Jary

Back in a previous era, otherwise known as two months ago, public and business momentum finally seemed to be gathering for a serious response to climate change.

Sustainability had risen up board agendas, and thinking was underway about not only how to satisfy environmental, social and governance compliance, but how to redesign business models for a net-carbon-zero world.

Faced with real threats to corporate survival from Covid-19 and the growing realisation that the world will wake up to colossal debt, the temptation will be to say: “Not now, climate change! Can we really afford to pay attention to sustainability just at this moment?” In any case, it will be argued, 2020 is likely to see a record fall in global carbon emissions, so we just bought ourselves some time.

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