Labourers unload coal from a cargo ship in Gabtoli on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 6, 2019. Developing countries such as Bangladesh are reducing their dependence on coal, raising the importance of environmental considerations in infrastructure investment. Photo: AFP Labourers unload coal from a cargo ship in Gabtoli on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 6, 2019. Developing countries such as Bangladesh are reducing their dependence on coal, raising the importance of environmental considerations in infrastructure investment. Photo: AFP
Labourers unload coal from a cargo ship in Gabtoli on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 6, 2019. Developing countries such as Bangladesh are reducing their dependence on coal, raising the importance of environmental considerations in infrastructure investment. Photo: AFP
Wang Ye
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Wang Ye and Christoph Nedopil Wang

How red-flagging coal can help align belt and road projects with China’s climate ambitions

  • More transparency in managing belt and road projects’ environmental risks could address concerns of China’s overseas presence in coal and other projects, laying the foundation for greener, more sustainable development

Labourers unload coal from a cargo ship in Gabtoli on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 6, 2019. Developing countries such as Bangladesh are reducing their dependence on coal, raising the importance of environmental considerations in infrastructure investment. Photo: AFP Labourers unload coal from a cargo ship in Gabtoli on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 6, 2019. Developing countries such as Bangladesh are reducing their dependence on coal, raising the importance of environmental considerations in infrastructure investment. Photo: AFP
Labourers unload coal from a cargo ship in Gabtoli on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 6, 2019. Developing countries such as Bangladesh are reducing their dependence on coal, raising the importance of environmental considerations in infrastructure investment. Photo: AFP
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Wang Ye

Wang Ye

Wang Ye is research analyst with the World Resources Institute. She is a lead author of the report “Green Development Guidance for BRI Projects Baseline Study” and an expert to the BRI International Green Development Coalition of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

Christoph Nedopil Wang

Christoph Nedopil Wang

Dr Christoph Nedopil Wang is the founding director of the International Institute of Green Finance Green Belt and Road Initiative Centre, and a senior research fellow at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, China. He is a lead author of the report “Green Development Guidance for BRI Projects Baseline Study” and an expert to the BRI International Green Development Coalition of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment.