Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

When Finance Goes Green: A Chinese Solution to Environmental Changes

Thursday, April 19, 2018

8:00pm – 9:30pm

McKinney Conference Room, 3rd Floor

Registration is required.  Please register here.

Climate and environmental changes are of the most challenging issues for all human beings in the 21st century. China is known as a major contributor to pollutions, a byproduct of its rapid economic growth; however, it also started taking a leadership position for environmental protection on the international stage,such as the Paris Accord. This year, we wish to explore the role of a specific approach—green finance— in the Chinese way of meeting the global environmental goals while ensuring its economic advancement.

The specialties of our three speakers for the panel cover both the regional and international, micro and macro level of the green finance market. We wish to build a conversation on the following questions: what is green finance? What progress has China made in regulating carbon emissions and contamination with financial tools? How do international organizations collaborate with the national government and the private sector to achieve the sustainable development? What are the barriers and opportunities in the future of the environmental conservation in China and the rest of the world?

全球环境和气候变化是21世纪以来人类面临的最大考验之一。中国在发展经济时造成的环境问题一直受到国际社会的关注。然而近年来,中国在巴黎气候大会等国际舞台上,逐渐成为了环境保护的领导者。我们希望借助今年布朗中国峰会的平台,来探索绿色金融在中国环保与经济共同前行道路上所发挥的作用。

今年峰会有幸邀请到了三位嘉宾。他们的知识面十分广泛,覆盖了绿色金融在地方与国际、企业与政府等层面的运作。借助嘉宾们的专长,我们的论坛将会围绕着以下几个核心问题展开:什么是绿色金融?通过绿色金融,中国在碳排放和污染治理上已经取得了哪些成果?国内政府和企业如何通过与国际机构合作达成可持续发展的目标?中国以及国际社会在未来治理环境的道路上有哪些机遇与挑战?


Commentors on the panel will include:

Jun Ma (will participate virtually) is director of the Center for Finance and Development at Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Research; Special Advisor to the Governor of the People’s Bank of China; Chairman of Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking; Co-chair of G20 Green Finance Study Group; Former chief economist with the research bureau of the People's Bank of China

Xueman Wang, is the team leader for the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) – a global program that designs cost-effective instruments to achieve climate change mitigation objectives; Senior Urban Specialist, Global Platform for Sustainable Cities(GPSC) Coordinator.

Deborah Seligsohn, Ph.D. candidate at the University of California San Diego– dissertation examines Corporate Concentration and Air Pollution Governance in China; will be taking up the position as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University in August; former Principal Advisor, to the World Resources Institute’s China Energy and Climate Program.

Cary Krosinsky, moderator, Brown and Yale University Lecturer, focuses on green finance investments

This panel is the third of a four-part series in the Brown China Symposium. The final panel will be held on:

April 26 - Art and Design: Practice and Vision of the Chinese Culture

The Brown China Symposium (BCS) is organized by a group of Brown students who want to bring conversations on modern China to the Brown community through accessible lectures, forums, and discussions. The mission of BCS is to build a bridge between China and Brown through education and conversation.