About Us

The Green Finance Center established in 2018 supports the greening of the financial system by moving green finance from a philanthropic niche to the mainstream of markets—with the recognition that China must be a key role player in this movement. The Center houses the Institute’s efforts on green finance including carbon markets development in China, starting the US-China Green Fund, and advising the 2016 G20 green finance study group. Building on these efforts and by focusing on three core areas—carbon, finance and fintech—the Center aims to promote market-driven solutions to foster a vibrant international green finance market through convening, advocacy, thought leadership, and our expertise.

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Carbon

As the largest carbon emitter in the world, China’s actions to reduce emissions are the most consequential. China is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint, including the launch of a national carbon market and trying to attract private capital to help finance its transition to a low carbon economy.

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Finance

President Xi Jinping has launched the largest green finance initiative in the world to promote cleaner air, potable water, and safe soil. While China has grand ambitions, the government is only able to provide 15% of the $1 trillion price tag. The Paulson Institute is collaborating with different parts of the finance ecosystem to think creatively about innovative financing structures as well as build capacity for green finance.

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Fintech

As the world's largest and fastest-growing fintech market, technology-based platforms open new avenues of promoting green behavior in China. One of China’s leading fintech companies has launched a product, Ant Forest, that has been widely successful in “gamifying sustainability” and promoting behavior change through incentive and competition. PI supports technological solutions to change behavior in a positive way by creating financial incentives and results oriented learning.

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