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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.


  • 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.

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  • gioaragno 11:42 am on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    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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  • gioaragno 2:50 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Clean Energy Superpower 

    China invests $47 billion in solar panel manufacturing

    Notwithstanding the country’s voracious appetite for coal and oil, China will invest more than $6 trillion in low-carbon power generation and other clean-energy technologies over the next 20 years. Global energy demand is expected to rise 30 percent by 2040 with investments in new power generation capacity expanding to $10.2 trillion. The majority of that investment— nearly $7.4 trillion— will be in renewable energy generating capacity.

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  • gioaragno 2:43 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Greening Trends 

    The CGEF seeks to capture investments channelled via the China Development Bank (CDB) and the Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) and we utilise the same data source to demonstrate the greening trends in China’s global energy investments.

    The wider significance of this is that while China is now widely recognised as being a global leader in swinging towards a greening of its domestic power system, there is great suspicion that China is not translating this green drive across to its global investment activities.

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  • gioaragno 12:23 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    SHADES OF GREEN: potential for low carbon energy in the BRI 

    Chinese government support for the renewable energy and low-emissions sectors (including solar, wind, hydropower, nuclear, and related technologies such as batteries) has risen due to a shift in focus from the quantity to quality of growth. By the start of the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-20), China’s domestic investments in renewable energy and low-emissions sectors exceeded US$100bn annually—more than double the US level of investment. China’s foreign investment in large-scale renewables, new energy and network projects jumped 60% year-on-year to reach $32bn in 2016, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IIEFA), a US-based think-tank. (This figure includes investments by China-based firms valued at $1bn or more, including mergers and acquisitions and construction contracts.)1 The figure jumped again to $44bn in 2017.

    Power generation is a key focus of the BRI, although the starting point for a Chinese-led green transition is low. Coal still dominates BRI power projects in terms of generating capacity, while hydropower leads in terms of project numbers. 

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