Encouraging the US and China to be Sustainable Finance Champions
Fostering and encouraging the United States and China to lead by example and serve as sustainable finance champions.
As the U.S. federal government pulls back from global climate leadership, cities, states, companies, faith-based organizations, and individuals are stepping up to demonstrate that the United States remains supportive of the Paris Agreement. By ensuring that champions of U.S. climate action receive timely, high-quality analysis, the Finance Center equips them to play a proactive role in maintaining financial support for low-income and climate-vulnerable countries. We focus on analysis of U.S. government budgets and financial initiatives, as well as work with cities and states to design finance initiatives.
China is emerging as a major provider of finance for infrastructure at home and abroad. China could either become a major force for financing sustainable, low-carbon, resilient infrastructure, or it could help lock in high-carbon, unsustainable, and maladaptive technologies and projects on a large scale. The Finance Center helps Chinese financial institutions and governments of countries engaged in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) identify sustainable finance opportunities. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that Chinese finance will flow toward sustainable projects and away from unsustainable ones. We focus on analysis of Chinese finance flows and of sustainable investment needs in BRI countries, and on building coalitions of key BRI stakeholders.