Heine Breaks Down Effects of War in Ukraine on Energy Policy

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop armored vehicles driving on a road in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region on February 24. Photo by Vadim Ghirda/AP

On July 15, 2022, Jorge Heine, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, was invited to deliver the keynote address at a webinar hosted by the TES Academy at the German Environment Agency on the ongoing war in Ukraine and how it is a threat and an opportunity for the vision of a global sustainability transformation.

The event, titled “Do industrialized nations neglect their responsibility for promoting the sustainability transformation (in times of multiple crises),” aimed to bring perspectives from the global South to the front and raise awareness of potential needs in fulfilling their share of the sustainable development goals (SDG) that go beyond financial issues. It also focused on the war in Ukraine, how it has impacted the SDG progress, as well as how it has shifted budget priorities of Western countries away from critical environmental issues.

In his remarks, Heine elaborates on the effects of the war in Ukraine on energy policy and the energy transition, as well as on the broader effects of trying to make the war in Ukraine a global war.

For more information, visit the German Environment Agency’s website.

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007) and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more about Ambassador Heine on his faculty profile.