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Race to the Top on Global Green Infrastructure: From BRI to Bluedot and Beyond

Date & Time

Oct. 19, 2022
9:00am – 10:15am ET


The heatwaves that blasted China, the EU and parts of the United States mark yet another sign of the intensifying climate crisis. Driving this crisis are greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s existing high carbon transport, energy, and building infrastructure.  Countries need to move faster on a new wave of infrastructure that meets, and perhaps surpasses Paris Climate Commitments and Sustainable Development Goals.

At this webinar, speakers will help bring into focus the increasingly busy landscape of global green infrastructure initiatives.  Elizabeth Losos (Duke University) will kick off the session with an overview of obstacles to private investment and the recent boom of new standards and monitoring systems needed to ensure the quality of green infrastructure. Christoph Nedopil Wang (Green Finance & Development Center) will examine the promise of China’s Green Light System to better assess the sustainability of BRI projects. Carmel Lev (Global Infrastructure Facility) will highlight how the FAST-Infra, a public-private initiative led by the HSBC and the World Bank that has brought more than 50 organizations to mobilize private finance and de-risk sustainable infrastructure investments in developing countries. Finally, Peter Thorin (U.S. Department of State) will lay out the potential of the Blue Dot Network, another global infrastructure initiative developed by the governments of the U.S., Australia, and Japan, and endorsed by the G-7. 

This meeting is part of the China Environment Forum's Vulnerable Deltas Initiative.


Elizabeth Losos

Elizabeth Losos

Senior Fellow at Nicholas Institute, Duke University
Peter Thorin

Peter Thorin

Senior Advisor, State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affair
Christoph Nedopil Wang

Christoph Nedopil

Director, Green Finance & Development Center; Associate Professor, Fudan University  
Carmel Lev

Carmel Lev

Global Infrastructure Facility, World Bank

Hosted By

China Environment Forum

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge U.S.-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.  Read more

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

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