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  • gioaragno 2:33 pm on March 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Beyond the Article: Exploring China’s Trillion Dollar Renewable Energy Opportunity 

    According to the authors, there are three reasons that China is uniquely poised to lead renewable energy global investments:

    • China’s solar and wind industries are globally competitive.
    • Chinese policy banks can give domestic firms advantages in financing global expansion.
    • Renewable energy investment opportunities still exist in developing countries with less sovereign risks than for traditional energy investments.

    The authors argue that the Chinese government should provide special incentives for the policy banks to capitalize on these investment opportunities by deploying Chinese solar and wind technologies to Belt and Road countries and beyond.

    Link: http://www.bu.edu/gdp/2018/12/12/beyond-the-article-exploring-chinas-trillion-dollar-renewable-energy-opportunity/

     
  • gioaragno 2:27 pm on March 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Slowing Down, Powering Up: 2017 Chinese Energy Development Finance 

    China’s two global policy banks—the China Development Bank (CDB) and the Export-Import Bank of China (CHEXIM)– are becoming the largest sources of energy finance for governments across the world.  In 2017, these banks provided upwards of $25.6 billion in energy financing, increasing the total amount of energy finance by China’s policy banks since 2000 to roughly $225.8 billion since 2000. While this represents a nearly 45 percent decrease from 2016 levels, the majority of 2017 financing was in power generation, with significant increases in hydroelectric power plants. Further, those nations currently designated to be part of China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) received 55.9 percent of total energy financing from China’s two global policy banks. Declines in development finance from the two Chinese policy banks are concentrated in significant reductions in extractive activities and transmission and distribution systems. What is somewhat masked in the 2017 data is that there has been an increase in the dollar amount of loans in the power sector, which almost tripled relative to 2016 and exceed the 2013-2016 average.

    @ceciliatrasi this could be interesting for us! here is the link: http://www.bu.edu/gdp/2018/03/06/slowing-down-powering-up-2017-chinese-energy-development-finance/

     
  • gioaragno 7:38 pm on March 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    How China Could Become a Global Leader in Sustainable Infrastructure 

    Sustainable infrastructure is that which not only minimizes any negative environmental and social impacts but also brings about positive change, enhancing the environment, livelihoods, and the economy. Therefore, investing in such projects has a crucial role to play in helping countries to shift toward low-carbon development pathways.

    Doing so would not only help achieve China’s objective for the Belt and Road of promoting sustainable development, but it would also provide an opportunity for China to become a global leader in sustainable infrastructure. However, achieving this will require a change in approach by both China’s government and its investors.

    link to article: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/how-china-could-become-global-leader-sustainable-infrastructure

     
  • gioaragno 11:08 am on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Italy set to endorse BRI 

    Italy is set to endorse BRI, setting a clash with the US as well as Brussels
     
  • gioaragno 6:51 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    China’s Global Development Finance: A Guidance Note for Global Development Policy Center Databases 

    The China Development Bank (CDB) and the Export Import Bank of China (CHEXIM) are two of the three “policy banks” (政策性银行) in China. We confine the range of “development finance (开发性金融)” to the two policy banks CDB and CHEXIM due to their engagement in overseas investments. The third policy bank, Agricultural Development Bank of China (ADBC), is not included in the database because it does not provide
    overseas financing at this point.

    Link: http://www.bu.edu/gdp/files/2018/08/Coding-Manual-.pdf

     
  • gioaragno 6:47 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Global Risks and Investment Uncertainty: Chinese Global Energy Finance in 2018 

    In 2018, overseas energy financing by China’s two global policy banks—the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China—was at its lowest level since 2013. These two banks provided just $8.62 billion to foreign countries in financing for energy sector activity overseas in
    2018, down 69 percent from the $28.04 billion in lending to foreign governments in 2017. In 2018, 3 percent of China’s energy loans went to BRI countries. While annual flows of energy finance by China’s policy banks since 2000 now sum to 244.2 billion, it is clear that the five-year anniversary
    of the Belt and Road Initiative is marked by a significant dip downward.1

    Link: http://www.bu.edu/gdp/files/2019/03/2019-CGEF-Database-Policy-Brief-1-1.pdf

     
  • gioaragno 6:43 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    New data: China’s global energy finance 

    Chinese policy banks provided $8.6 billion in financing to foreign governments in the energy sector in 2018, increasing the total amount of energy finance by China’s policy banks since 2000 to roughly $244.2 billion. The China Global Energy Finance database tracks and displays this overseas development finance in the energy sector provided by China’s two global policy banks—the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China.

    link: http://www.bu.edu/cgef/#/intro

     
  • gioaragno 5:03 pm on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The role of Energy within BRI 


    China’s goal to reduce its dependence on coal will require a huge surge in the use of natural gas, and limited supplies at home mean that China will have to heavily rely on natural gas imports over the next decades. As a result, energy is one of the most integral pillars of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Unfortunately, like many aspects of the BRI, the specifics of energy cooperation are still vague, but in any case will have a significant impact on the energy sector. In this article, Guido D. Giacconi, Chairman of strategic consultancy firm In3act, looks at what these implications could be.

    Link to article: http://www.eurobiz.com.cn/the-role-of-energy-within-bri/

     
  • gioaragno 3:26 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    10 Facts about BRI 

    Summing up some basic but relevant stuff about BRI:

    1. The belt’s full title is the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, and is named after the original Silk Road established during the Han dynasty (270-220 BCE), which was the second imperial dynasty of China.

    2. The belt will range from Zhengzhou, an industrial city in the South of China, to multiple points around Central Europe, including Rotterdam, Hamburg and Prague.

    3. A new inland terminal, the largest in Europe, is now operational in Duisburg as part of the Silk Road Economic Belt, and serves as a trade gateway to Europe

    4. The belt is made up of several overland corridors, which will connect China and Europe by moving goods through Central Asia and the Middle EastR

    5. Trains operating on the belt can travel up to 9,800 miles, and will continue to run even in extreme weather.

    6. Multiple rail networks feed into the belt from Asia and Europe, including trade routes from Beijing and Harbin in China, and rail links from Madrid in Spain.

    7. As covered in a recent article on Port Technology, China has also invested in Djibouti as part of the BRI strategy, updating rail networks at the country’s ports in an effort to spread its influence.

    8. Some of the economic corridors planned, as part of the strategy, run through disputed territory. This includes one route through the Kashmir, hotly contested by India and Pakistan.

    9. The China-Pakistan economic corridor will receive $46 billion in investment, to build infrastructure projects like new roads and bridges.

    10. Rail is viewed as an attractive option, as with rail volumes growing there will be a subsequent decrease in costs

     
  • gioaragno 11:55 am on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The Asian Super Grid in Northeast Asia and China’s Belt and Road Initiative 

    Russia and Mongolia have been incorporated into the BRI through the China-Russia-Mongolia economic corridor. Corridor meetings have been held since 2014. In September
    2016, the “Outline of the Construction of the China-Mongolian-Russian Economic Corridor” marked the first framework beyond bilateral for BRI. In December 2016, they signed
    the Intergovernmental Agreement on International Road Transport along the Asian Highway Network. The Mongolian Foreign Ministry in November 2017 indicated that planning
    for railway and road transit corridors, and science and technology parks, had advanced
    further than energy infrastructure plans. Mongolian priority was on electricity transmission lines, implying preference for Gobitech.

    Super interesting! Link to full pdf: https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/projekt_papiere/Christoffersen_BCAS_2018_Northeast_Asian_Supergrid_13.pdf

     
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