Can China's Belt and Road Initiative Build Growth and Stay Green?

Pakistan on BRI:  “there is a large amount of investment that has been made in the power sector, in roads, and soon there will new investment from China in rail. Once that is done, our entire infrastructure shortage will be completed,”

Despite the value of BRI in jumpstarting much-needed infrastructure spending in Asia, the project has significant implications for the global fight against climate change, according to Aida Sitdikova, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s director of energy and natural resources in Russia, Caucasus, and Central Asia.

BRI countries account for 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and should these countries stay on their current track they are projected to eat up almost two-thirds of the total “carbon budget” listed in the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change by 2040, Sitdikova explained.

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