The World Green Building Council (WGBC) and China Green Building Council (CGBC) have announced a partnership that will aim to increase the number of green buildings around the world whilst decreasing global greenhouse gas emissions.
China is already one of the largest markets for certified green construction, with 523 million square meters of buildings certified green by the CGBC’s Three Star rating system. Despite this, however, China is currently the world’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 30% of global emissions. Now, with this new collaboration sealed and the Chinese Governments signature on the Paris Agreement, the CGCB’s intentions are clear.
Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, said: “The significance of bringing China into the global green building movement cannot be underestimated. 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’s GBC will work with other countries’ GBCs to lobby for greener global practice in the construction market and promote the global uptake of green building. With the agreed partnership comes a commitment from the CGBC to introduce a new ‘net zero’ standard as part of its Three Star rating system.
Cooperative work will also begin between the GBC’s to lobby for the Better Places for People project, which aims to increase the number of buildings that are not just good for the environment, but for the people occupying 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.”