Make China Green Again: Challenges & Opportunities

With Dr. Wenran Jiang

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy & Global Affairs

This subject puts China’s efforts to restore its environment in the historical and global context. It outlines a number of distinctive characteristics of globalized production in the latest wave of industrialization and related environmental problems facing the world. The talk presents a critique of the prevailing model of environmental management practiced by industrialized and developing countries alike and calls for a new paradigm, using China as a critical case, in combating global pollution and climate change.

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About the speaker:

Named by the Alberta Venture magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta for 2014, Dr. Wenran Jiang is adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC, and Special Advisor on China to the US and Canada based Energy Council. He is also the President of Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum and its annual conference since 2004.

Dr. Jiang was a tenured professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, and was the special advisor to Alberta Department of Energy on Asian market diversification from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Jiang is also the Founding Director (2005-08) of the University’s China Institute. He was the mission advisor to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr for his China visit in June 2017, and is currently advising Alaska Legislature on the $43 billion Alaska-Sinopec LNG project.

In recent years, Dr. Jiang has advised government agencies, private companies in energy, mining, forestry and agricultural sectors on Asian market access and how to engage China, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and environmentally friendly technologies. He is currently completing a book on why Canada needs to diversify its energy market to Asia.