EU-Singapore Dialogue:
“Accelerating Climate Action Post-COVID-19: Shared Concerns and Opportunities”

Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted everyday life and severely impacted economies. Governments have had to prioritise dealing with the immediate health crisis and the ensuing economic fallout, while trying not to forget longer-term considerations. The pandemic has also underscored the need for concerted international action to build resilience against future challenges, including the threat of climate change. Prior to the pandemic, the EU was moving forward on a European Green Deal to make the region climate neutral by 2050. Restating the commitment of the EU, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced new emission reduction targets for the EU in her September 2020 State of the Union speech, to increase the 2030 target for emission reduction to at least 55%. Many will be watching to see if the EU’s recovery efforts can align with its climate objectives.


The world is under pressure to both reopen and rebuild economies, while also laying the groundwork for a low-carbon future. The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in 2020 was postponed to next year due to the pandemic. At COP26, countries are expected to set rules for a global carbon market, improve on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, and submit Long-Term Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS). Notably, even with COP26 delayed until next year, Singapore submitted enhanced NDCs and LEDS in the spring of 2020, showing its commitment to the green agenda in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Under the present circumstances, COP26 will be closely watched. Governments and the private sector will need to demonstrate that climate action commitments can indeed effect positive change while also creating new jobs and economic growth.


The EU-Singapore Dialogue on Climate Change hopes to provide policymakers, private sector representatives, and experts with a platform to share insights and opinions on current efforts to accelerate climate action, even amidst the pandemic. Organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the Energy Studies Institute (ESI), and the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), with the support of the European Union Delegation to Singapore, the dialogue will explore the opportunities for collaboration on green recovery from COVID-19, the potential of nature-based solutions in both European and Asian markets, and finally the emerging fields of green finance and green procurement.

About the Energy Studies Institute (ESI), National University of Singapore (NUS)

Established in 2007, the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore brings together an international network of academics, experts, policy makers and industry leaders to promote discussion and advance collective understanding on emerging issues in the fields of energy economics, energy security and energy and the environment.


About the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

The Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public multidisciplinary research organization in Spain, with more than 6000 scientist working in different disciplines. The purpose of CSIC is the development, coordination and diffusion of multidisciplinary scientific research. To foster the advance of scientific knowledge and the economic, social and cultural issues, CSIC collaborates with national and international universities, public RTD organizations, SMEs, companies and other scientific and technological institutions. CSIC has 135 institutes or centers, including 51 Joint Research Units with universities or other public research institutions. The Marine Science Institute (ICM) is the largest marine research institute in the Mediterranean Sea. Scientists from CSIC-ICM ample experience in marine ecology, conservation biology, marine biodiversity, fisheries ecology, climate change and integrated analyses, with backgrounds in mathematical modelling of marine organisms and systems, including food webs, seagrass and invertebrates, fish and fisheries ecology, and a strong component in socio-ecology. To date, CSIC has participated in more than 7,700 European projects using different funding instruments, such as Framework Programmes (FP), CECA, INTERREG and LIFE+ Programmes.


Partner Think Tanks

Supported by

Organised by

The SIIA is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to the research, analysis, and discussion of regional and international issues. Founded in 1962, it is Singapore’s oldest think tank. Since 2013, the SIIA has ranked highly as one of the top think tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index by the University of Pennsylvania.

The SIIA accepts sponsorship from companies we engage with, and which show a commitment to improving sustainability in a transparent manner and through regular discourse with diverse stakeholders. Sponsorship enables SIIA to execute events aimed at convening stakeholders but does not constitute SIIA’s endorsement of sponsors. The SIIA maintains authority over the content and speaker composition of our events.

Contact Us

Singapore Institute of International Affairs

60A Orchard Road #04-03
Tower 1 The Atrium@Orchard,
International Involvement Hub
Singapore 238890

View location in Google Maps

Tel: +65 6734 9600
Fax: +65 6733 6217
Email us at