Kelly Sims Gallagher, professor of energy and environmental policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a policy advisor under President Barack Obama, will present “Greening Chinese Overseas Investments: Push and Pull Factors” as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series on China and the Environment sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China.
This event will be held online via Zoom webinar — register here.
Most of China’s infrastructure investments through its Belt and Road Initiative are spent on energy. Approximately 80% of those investments are in fossil energy, which locks developing countries into a carbon-intensive mode of economic development. Gallagher will explore how China’s policies could be reformed to limit high-carbon investments and also will present new research on the demand side that explains how and why developing countries demand finance and technology for coal.
Gallagher served in the second term of the Obama administration as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. State Department. She is director of the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher.