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May 16, 2018, Department of Management Seminar Series,  Macquarie University


Speaker:  Professor John A. Mathews, Hon Professor, Dept of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Topic:             Global Green Shift: China as Driver

Venue:            4 Eastern Road, 4ER, Level 6, Room 623, Macquarie University


Time:              11am - 12pm, Wednesday 16 May 2018




The speaker will present evidence that there is a global green transition under way – but contrary to popular perception it is not driven by the United States, the European Union or Japan. Mathews argues that it is China that is driving the green transition, and very much for its own reasons of enhancing its energy security (based on the fact that renewable devices and batteries are all products of manufacturing) and cleaning up its deteriorating urban environment. As China builds its own renewable energy and circular economy infrastructure, to enhance its own energy and resource security, it drives down costs worldwide – and creates vast new business opportunities everywhere. The speaker’s subsidiary argument is that if China were to continue with fossil fuelled 'business as usual' then it would face insoluble crises involving oil wars, terror and geopolitical entanglements that could be avoided by going for renewables; the speaker calls this the 'real' geopolitical limits to growth in China, not the physical limits discussed ever since the Club of Rome report. China is extending this domestic clean energy strategy out to 60-plus other countries linked by the Belt & Road Initiative and the lending policies of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The speaker’s argument has current added resonance given the ascendancy of President Trump in the United States. By driving the United States towards fossil fuels and away from renewables, he will effectively allow China to assume world leadership in the emerging energy industries of the 21st century.





November 21 2017 UTS: ACRI (Australia-China relations Institute)


The ACRI Podcast: China’s role in the global green shift – with John Mathews

Innovation and Environmental Sustainability in China

September 27 Sydney Environment Institute

'Renewable Reinvention -- Global Green Shift?


New Zealand Tour - September 19 to 23 2017

The drivers of China’s green shift, Newsroom, 18 September 2017



September 20, UABS Knowledge, University of Auckland Business School

Energy matters public lecture: Global green shift: China as driver 18:00 to 20:00

​​Here are the links:


September 22, Public seminar, Wellington

China Capable seminar  ‘Global green shift: China as driver’


September 22, Wellington  Business NZ seminar

‘Current developments in China’s energy strategy and implications for New Zealand’


September 22, MFAT

Global green shift: Renewable China,

September 23, University of Auckland Business School, ‘Green Planet’

Asia Savvy conference

September 25, Energy News and Business NZ, Business NZ News

Greening China to drive global cost reductions


August 21, 2017, Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne

'Global green shift: China as driver' public lecture 15:30 to 16:30


July 14 Sydney   Book launch

Gleebooks, July 14, 18.00​


May 29, Paris International Energy Agency,

Noon talk, 'Global green shift: China as driver?'

May 9, Kings College London

‘Climate in the Trump era: Can China lead?’

China Dialogue public seminar

April 4, Singapore, East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, EAI Distinguished Public Lecture

‘Global Green Shift: China as Driver’

A report was carried by Yicai Global:

March 16-22, Taiwan tour  

March 17, public seminar, Taiwan Economic Research Institute (TERI)

March 20, public seminar, Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER)

March 21, public seminar, National Tsinghua University, Hsinchu

The Taipei Times carried a story on the Taiwan tour by John Mathews, ‘A green future for Taiwan?’ by Dana Ter, 16 March 2017:


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