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Johns Hopkins SAIS experts to study carbon emissions effects of COVID-19 economic recovery packages

Jonas Nahm, Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment, and Johannes Urpelainen, Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment, will study carbon emissions effects of COVID-19 economic recovery packages that countries around the world are developing in response to the pandemic.
Nahm and Urpelainen cite the lack of available data on the emissions impact of the 2009 financial crisis and misleading coverage about temporary emissions reductions that are occurring due to COVID-19 related economic lockdowns as an impetus for pursuing this research.They plan to track global stimulus spending in order to better understand how these funds are spent, assess how investments correlate with the avoided emissions, and create a website that will compare each country’s stimulus packages.
To conduct this research, Nahm and Urpelainen will utilize a $25,000 COVID-19 Launchpad Grant recently awarded by Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World. Nahm and Urpelainen collaborated with Scot Miller, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, to develop the winning grant proposal titled, “Climate Impact Assessment of the Post-Pandemic Stimulus.”
Nahm and Urpelainen are available for interviews to discuss their anticipated research and the connection between economic recovery and global emissions.
Joining Nahm and Urpelainen as COVID-19 Launchpad Grant recipients are Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty members Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Global Food and Agriculture, and Jeremy Shiffman, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Health Policy. For more information on their proposals, visit
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020