Under the Belt and Road Initiative, the Chinese government will provide hundreds of billions of dollars for thousands of projects across Asia, Europe and Africa.  This will include funding for power plants, transmission lines and other energy infrastructure.  The Chinese government has emphasized “green development” as an important feature of the Belt and Road Initiative, highlighting its commitment to environmental protection, low-carbon development and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.  CGEP hosted a discussion of the Belt and Road Initiative and its impacts on sustainable development. David Sandalow – Inaugural Fellow and Director, US-China Program for the Center on Global Energy Policy and Xu Qinhua from Renmin University moderated the discussion with the following group of experts:

  • Fu Chengyu — former Chair, China National Offshore Oil Company and former Chair, Sinopec
  • Li Junfeng -- former Director-General, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, NDRC
  • Han Wenke — former Director, Energy Research Institute, NDRC     
  • Zhao Xijun, Renmin University
  • Qinhua Xu — Director, Center for International Energy and Environment Strategy Studies, Renmin University 
  • Michael Eckhart — Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance of Citigroup & Adjunct Professor of Columbia University's  School for International and Policy Affairs 
  • Deborah Lehr — Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute
  • Nobuo Tanaka — President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and CGEP Fellow