China

Lailai Li

WRI China Director

WRI China works with government, academia, businesses and civil society to support sustainable development in the world’s most populous country, focusing on renewable energy, climate action, sustainable cities and transport, water resources and green finance.

Aiming to foster low-carbon development in cities, WRI China helped Chengdu measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions. In the transport sector, WRI China supported Beijing’s public consultation and outreach about its congestion mitigation policies.

WRI China supported the national government’s introduction of Green Certificates for renewable energy development, which require power enterprises to generate at least 9 percent of electricity with non-hydro renewables by 2020.

Through the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), a prominent advisory platform set up by the Chinese government, WRI China worked with partners to frame key recommendations on reforming China’s financial system to encourage green finance, an agenda item at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. These efforts produced the first actionable, systematic roadmap for reform across all segments of the country’s financial and environmental governance system that simultaneously drives public agencies and companies toward low-carbon development plans and projects.