World Green Building Council and China Green Building Council have announced partnership to accelerate commitment to reduce carbon in the world’s largest building market. China GBC will cooperate with national Green Building Councils to leverage global practices and join WorldGBCs 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 WorldGBCs Advancing Net Zero project, and will collaborate with other GBCs from around the world in implementation.
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.
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.
China is one of nearly 90 countries to have included the building sector in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which it submitted ahead of the COP21 climate change conference in Paris in 2015. In this, it committed to a range of building sector actions, from enhancing low-carbon urbanisation and improving building energy efficiency, to promoting the reuse of building waste. It also aims to increase the share of new green buildings in urban areas to 50 per cent by 2020.