Green Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Lab

The Green Belt and Road Initiative Lab (Green BRI Lab) provides research, analyses, policy engagement, capacity building and intelligence on policies, economics, environment, sustainability and green finance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – also known as Silk Road Initiative.

We strive to be the global leader for independent and research-based policy development, advisory and action to build an ecologically-friendly and green Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that is

  • climate-neutral with zero greenhouse gas emissions,
  • nature positive with protected biodiversity, and
  • improves livelihoods for people.

Focus areas

Our work focuses on these areas:

  • sustainable infrastructure
  • sustainable transport
  • renewable energy
  • biodiversity finance
  • green innovation
  • green finance policy
  • green agriculture

The Green BRI Lab is also engaged in capacity building for private and public institutions.

What is the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s main international cooperation and economic strategy. The BRI is also known as the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR), the “Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road” or just the “New Silk Road”. Its Chinese name is 一带一路 (yi dai yi lu). It was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Kazakhstan in October 2013.

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Resources for the BRI

The Green Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Lab collected numerous sources to support research on the BRI. We make these publicly available for all:

We are always working on improving our resources. If you think we should add another resource relevant for the environmental, green, sustainable or social dimensions of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), please contact us at

Recent Green BRI publications

Here are recent and relevant publications on green BRI by our staff.