Solar power could stop China’s Belt and Road Initiative from unleashing huge carbon emissions

Kathryn Grace Logan, Shi Chen, Xi Lu

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Abstract

China has invested US$90 billion in the countries involved in its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) since 2013. The BRI involves developing infrastructure in 126 partner countries to boost trade within a region stretching from Indonesia to Western Europe via the Middle East and East Africa, inspired by the historical Silk Road.

While this economic development could help raise living standards in participating countries, it could also come with a huge potential increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. But our research demonstrates the region has huge potential for generating solar power. This could decouple economic growth from increasing carbon emissions.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Solar power
  • China
  • Solar
  • Infrastructure
  • Asia
  • Decarbonisation
  • One Belt One Road
  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • China Belt Road Initiative
  • Global perspectives

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