China: HVAC Sector Offers Sustainable Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings | Carrier, UTC | George Ko

George Ko 2China offers a huge opportunity for sustainable solution suppliers due to its technology advancement and burgeoning construction sector. Through its 12th Five Year Plan, China targets to mitigate carbon emission which has been heavily implemented in green construction such as energy-efficient buildings. Innovation in the HVAC sector is touted to be one of the possible solutions to help the market meet this target and comply with the applied environmental mandates.

George Ko, who looks after Carrier and is also the Vice President of Greater China Distribution and Aftermarket, UTC Climate, Controls and Security, explains the role of HVAC industry players in China’s green building market.


China is necessitated to reduce its carbon emission and has committed itself to comply with its 12th 5 years plan. How is your company contributing in regards to this?

George Ko (GK): United Technologies and Carrier are getting more focused on energy efficiency improvement of the full line products which only apply environmentally sound refrigerants. At the same time, we have launched product/systems applying natural refrigerant such as CO2, to apply in data centers and food chain refrigeration.

With China is currently choking on smog, how would this affect the district cooling/HVAC as well as green buildings industry?

GK: China is among the largest carbon emission countries in the world, due to its large coal resources and usage. District cooling/heating, CHP and other form of chiller plants are using either gas or fuel or electricity for producing more energy efficient cooling and heating sources in a more productive way. They will help to reduce the wastage in power transportation and better make use of waste heat. Therefore, I do think they are effective ways to help the community to use energy more efficiently in more reliable way.

How is China’s technology advancement in the district cooling sector impacting its green buildings industry?

GK: China is a good play field in applying more advanced technologies, because of the larger number of new constructions and the larger scale. There are  not so many similar opportunities in other countries that would allow such applications. We have seen rapid investment and development in district cooling and CHP projects throughout China. This will help the green buildings to secure reliable local heating, cooling and electric sources for their consumption. The size and scale of China’s projects are unprecedented in other countries.

Do you foresee any sign of saturation in the green buildings market in Asia or China in particular in the future? If yes, what indicate it?

GK: We are seeing more and more building owners are investing  greener and more energy efficient buildings with higher building standards. Two of the major motivators are the continuous escalating building standards and government incentives for green buildings. The percentage of green buildings are getting higher and so is the demand. There might be signs of slowing down of the building industry due to the economic cycle, but the demand is on a continuous growing trend.

How is the green buildings adoption rate in China’s eco-cities compared to others in the country?

GK: Obviously the adoption rate of green buildings in the eco-cities are higher than others. Personal view is that, the local governments set higher entry barrier to investors and developer at the time of land purchasing. Often developers are required to provide green building conceptual designs before they are even allowed to participate in such purchases. I cannot image eco-city without adopting green building standard.



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Carrier is the world’s leader in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. They incorporate sustainability into their service and products – greenhouse gas impact reduction, leading the phase-out of ozone-depleting refrigerants and introducing many of the world’s most energy-efficient building solutions.


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