This paper examines how the United States, South Korea, China, and the European Union used green investments after the global financial crisis to help their economies recover, create jobs, and build up new industries. The lessons from 2008–2009 can help inform today’s policymakers designing economic stimulus packages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As cities re-open from the COVID-19 pandemic, urban planners and designers are considering how to make urban and transport infrastructure more resilient. A recent study from WRI China found that dockless bike-share systems can be an excellent and sustainable last-mile urban mobility solution.
The Tool aims to inform bus operators and city officials of the costs, emissions, and social benefits associated with bus fleets using different fuel types. The Tool’s outputs can help bus operators make the most cost-efficient decisions when making a clean bus upgrade, allow transit agencies to validate information provided by bus operators, and inform city officials of the social benefits of a low-carbon transit fleet.
The developing world is facing a major debt crisis, limiting their ability to spend on economic recovery for COVID-19 or climate action. Creditor countries — specifically China, the largest bilateral creditor to developing countries — can exchange this for clear, verifiable climate action and investments in healthcare.
President Xi Jinping's announcement at the UN that China intends to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and reach carbon neutrality before 2060 is one of the most significant signs of progress on tackling climate change since the 2015 Paris Agreement. Here are answers to four key questions about it.
This report investigated a comprehensive nationwide impact of dockless bike-share systems (DBS) in 12 Chinese cities found that the DBS systems work as a great last-mile urban mobility solution that can enhance the connectivity to public transit, replacing motorized trips as a zero-emission transport means, and improve public health.
Today in remarks delivered before the United Nations General Assembly, President Xi Jinping made a surprise announcement that China aims to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 and to peak carbon emissions before 2030. Following is a statement from Helen Mountford, Vice President, Climate and Economics, World Resources Institute.
Renewable energy can create jobs and long-term economic growth. Here are three ways China can remove barriers to bring more wind and solar online.
Chinese policymakers are seeking to strengthen the country's green finance market by bringing its green bonds framework in line with international standards.
Investing in sustainable infrastructure for areas such as renewable energy and electric cars can help China’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
On the road from coal to renewable energy, China has a complex challenge to face: it must satisfy rising energy demand while reducing carbon emissions and sustainably managing water use without hobbling the power and agriculture sectors or the overall economy. Water stress adds to the challenge, because 66.5% of China's coal-fired power plants are in areas where water is scarce.
As we approach the Year of the Rat and begin a new 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, three profound challenges face the world: how to build a more stable and efficient trading system, tackle climate change and protect biodiversity. China has a pivotal role to play in all three.
A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions shows that national governments that invest in low-carbon cities can enhance economic prosperity, make cities better places to live and rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The report finds that implementing low-carbon measures in cities would be worth almost US$24 trillion by 2050 and could reduce emissions from cities by 90%.
China's market for new buildings is booming. Constructing zero carbon buildings would enable China and other countries to keep up with demand without further fueling climate change.
Buildings that emit no greenhouse gas emissions during their operation are vital to meeting the SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. But in the past, zero carbon buildings have been assumed to be only attainable by technologically advanced or wealthy countries. New WRI research finds there are policy pathways to reach zero carbon buildings regardless of location or development status. The report identifies eight pathways countries can take to reach zero carbon buildings by reducing energy demand and cleaning energy supply.
This paper examines how policies and technologies will impact China’s non-CO2 GHG emissions under various scenarios. The analysis shows that China’s policy development since 2015 has led to a significantly lower non-CO2 GHG emissions trajectory than expected under policies as of 2015 and there is significant potential to further reduce non-CO2 GHG emissions.
China's central government has turned to regional integration for the country's next stage of economic development, announcing or strengthening mega-region initiatives like the Yangtze River Delta Integration, Greater Bay Area Development and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Integration. If done right, this strategy can also help shift China onto a low-carbon pathway.
Dr. Fang Li has been appointed as the new Director for WRI China. Dr. Fang is an experienced leader with deep expertise in environmental economics and a strong track record of forging progress on China’s critical environment and development challenges.
China's electric vehicle mandate has driven innovation around the globe, an illustration of the kind of "ambition loop" that drives businesses and governments to bring out the best in one another.
To tackle climate change and sustainable development, innovation and public-private partnership are key. But what’s the best way to do it? P4G partnerships in Indonesia, Latin America and China are among the first to get down to work.