The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and China Green Building Council (China GBC) have announced a partnership to collaborate efforts to increase green buildings around the world and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
This partnership is hugely significant as China is the largest building construction market in the world, with up to 2 billion square metres constructed annually, accounting for nearly half of new construction globally in the coming decade.
China is embracing green building at an accelerated pace with 523 million square metres of buildings certified green by China GBC’s Three Star green building rating system alone, making it one of the largest markets in the world for certified green building.
China is currently the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for around 30 per cent of global emissions. The Chinese government has shown serious commitment to tackling climate change through its signing of the Paris Agreement.
“The significance of bringing China into the global green building movement cannot be underestimated,” commented Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council. “Just as China has sought to assert its commitment to combating climate change on the global stage, this partnership marks a new era in cooperation between the world’s largest green construction market and our community of Green Building Councils in over 70 countries. We look forward to learning from their expertise and experience as we seek to create green buildings for everyone, everywhere.”
China GBC will cooperate with national Green Building Councils to leverage global practices and join WorldGBC’s movement in promoting the global uptake of green buildings. Under the partnership, China GBC has committed to introducing a nearly net zero standard for its Three Star rating system in 2018 as part of WorldGBC’s Advancing Net Zero project, and will collaborate with other GBCs from around the world in implementation.
Amid issues with urban air pollution, China GBC is committed to the positive impacts that green buildings can have on health and wellbeing, with indoor air quality a key driver for this. As part of this, China GBC will work with WorldGBC in its Better Places for People project, which seeks to increase the number of buildings which are not only good for the environment, but good for the people who occupy them.
Professor Wang Youwei, Chairman, China GBC said: “We are strongly committed to healthy and low-carbon developments in China and in this respect, we are delighted to become a partner to the World Green Building Council. This partnership will enable China to learn from global best practices, share the progress we have made in China, and to accelerate our commitments made in the Paris Agreement.”