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Launch of Report on Decision-Making on Belt and Road Projects: What Role for Sustainability?

April 28, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Chinese overseas investment associated with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has predominantly flowed into fossil fuels and other forms of high-carbon infrastructure across the developing countries. While a growing number of voluntary standards and networks seek to “green” the BRI, it is not yet clear how these will influence the decisions and incentives of key actors in China and recipient countries developing BRI-related projects. A new report from ISEP at Johns Hopkins University, the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, and the ClimateWorks Foundation seeks to better understand how sustainability considerations do and do not enter into decision-making around BRI projects. The report is based on in-depth elite interviews with regulatory agencies, policy banks, NGOs, and state-owned enterprises in China, and seeks to unpack BRI’s decision-making processes by revealing divergent preferences, incentives, and bureaucratic capacity of various related actors. Policy recommendations on how to green the BRI are made based on these findings. The webinar will present the report’s key findings and provide a forum to discuss their implications with key stakeholders.

Dr. Chuyu Liu, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Thomas Hale, Associate Professor of Global Public Policy and Director for China Engagement, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Dr. Johannes Urpelainen, the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Founding Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy

Location: Online SAIS Event