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Webinar: Build Back Better: Urban New Infrastructure Drives the Post-Pandemic Green Recovery in China

Experts from both the public and private sectors will discuss the role of new infrastructure including 5G and artificial intelligence technologies in promoting the urban economic recovery and low-carbon transition in China.

Join the Webinar 7pm Beijing CST | 7am EDT

In the midst of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, all regions across China are accelerating the construction of major projects and infrastructure that have already been clearly defined in the national plan, and also pushing forward the new infrastructure projects like 5G networks and data centers with investment plans worth a total of 49.6 trillion yuan. This infrastructure development under the economic stimulus will have a long-term impact on China’s economic recovery, environmental quality and carbon emissions. Therefore, only building back is not enough. China must build back better to protect human health and combat climate change while achieving economic growth.

Sustainable urban infrastructure plays an incredibly important role in shifting the growth model and replacing old growth drivers with new ones in order to achieve sustainable economic development. As we are entering a new era represented by technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, Industrial Internet and the Internet of Things, what opportunities and challenges will new infrastructure plans bring to the green development from the city’s perspective? World Resources Institute will be holding a webinar to discuss these questions on May 15, featuring well-known experts from both public and private sectors to discuss the roles of the new infrastructure in promoting the urban economic recovery and low-carbon transition.

This webinar is part of WRI’s “Build Back Better” webinar series in which we explore how recovery from COVID-19 can support a range of environmental, economic, social, and health benefits.


  • Qiu Baoxing, Counselor of the State Council; Former Vice Minister, MOHURD; President, Urban Planning Society of China
  • Linda Kalcher, Director of EU Institutional Relations, European Climate Foundation
  • Zhao Penglin, Former Deputy Secretary General, Shenzhen Municipal Government; Special Consultant for DG of Management Committee of Xiong’an New Area
  • Wei Qing, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft China
  • Liu Xiaoshi, Deputy Secretary General, China EV 100
  • Yao Naisheng, Vice President, JD Digits Group
  • Liu Daizong, Sustainable Cities China Program Director, WRI China
  • Fang Li, Chief Representative, WRI China 

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