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WEBCAST: It’s Not Easy Being Green: Obstacles for Clean Energy in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Date & Time

Dec. 3, 2020
9:00am – 10:15am ET
This event will be webcast live

WEBCAST: It’s Not Easy Being Green: Obstacles for Clean Energy in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Launched in 2015 as a flagship Belt and Road Initiative project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) aims to ramp up infrastructure development in a big way. One of the major priority areas is power generation. Pakistan has considerable electricity shortfalls, and it has pledged to have an energy mix with 30% renewable energy by 2030. To date, Chinese state-owned enterprises have mainly built coal-fired power plants, while China’s mainly private renewable energy companies are facing enormous difficulties getting their “green” investments into CPEC.

This panel will discuss the roadblocks for integrating green energy into CPEC. Atika Rehman and Beth Walker (China Dialogue) will open by discussing the trends of China’s carbon-intensive energy investments in CPEC and their environmental impact. Wang Yan (an independent consultant formerly with Greenpeace) will draw on her field experience in Pakistan and discuss both the opportunities and obstacles for clean energy investment in CPEC. Michael Kugelman, the Wilson Center’s senior associate for South Asia and Asia Program deputy director, will discuss broader energy security considerations in Pakistan. 

After presentations and discussion, the speakers will take questions from the audience. Please submit your questions before or anytime during the panel to Twitter (@wilsonCEF) or via email to

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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

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