Forty high-ranking executives from the energy, mining, banking and aviation industries have written an open letter to global governments calling for coronavirus economic stimulus spending to be channeled into building “a healthier, more resilient, net-zero emissions economy, that drives sustainable economic prosperity” powered by renewables.

The signatories, on the board of Paris Agreement-aligned Energy Transition Commission (ETC) lobbying body, included oil supermajor Shell's chairman Chad Holliday, mining giant Rio Tinto's chairman Simon Thompson, Bank of America's global natural resources business managing director Julian Mylchreest and Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye.