Who is Responsible for Greening the Belt and Road Initiative?
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has resulted in a wide range of economic and diplomatic initiatives across Asia and other continents. Investment in energy infrastructure is a priority for many countries. Chinese enterprises have been keen to fulfil this need, but have been doing so in a way that does not appear to support sustainable development, especially climate change mitigation. This raises the question of who is responsible for improving the behaviour of Chinese enterprises involved in overseas energy projects: host country governments, Chinese enterprises and banks, or the Chinese government? This policy brief focuses on issues relating to energy projects in Southeast Asia, particularly those concerning environmental and social governance.
To read this Policy Brief from the Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore, written by me and my colleague, Dr Yao Lixia, please go to: