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Net-Zero Moonshots for the Emerging World

CEPS Conference Room
Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Registration is free of charge for ECMI/ECRI/CEPS members, EU/national institutions, academia, and press. Other participants may be admitted for €50

Lunch Time Meeting

Net-Zero Moonshots for the Emerging World

At the occasion of the visit of Erik Berglof, Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Beijing, CEPS is organising a special meeting on a mission-oriented approach to the net-zero transition in emerging and developing economies.


The net-zero transition is increasingly characterised as a “moonshot”, a once-in-a-lifetime inspirational project requiring a mission-driven industrial policy with coordination across all parts of the economy, and in the end globally. In emerging and developing economies, these “moonshots” are very much about speeding up adaptation and imitation of green innovation elsewhere but doing so in a mission-driven purposeful manner. Reaching net zero in time will be the greatest challenge for state capacity to date for these economies.

The impact of climate change will be the most severe where state capacity is in the shortest supply. The state will need to work with all the instruments it has at its disposal, harnessing the private sector and working with development partners, but it must go beyond individual instruments and collaborations and step in to solve coordination failures.

This event will present a recent report by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, ´Asian Infrastructure Finance 2022: Moonshots For the Emerging World – Transforming State Capacity and Mobilizing Private Sector Toward Net Zero´, and will also touch upon China´s net-zero transition.


  • Erik Berglof: Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Beijing

Registration and lunch from 12.30 – Meeting from 13.15 to 14.30

Erik Berglof

Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Beijing