China is World’s Second Country with Most Registered and Certified LEED Projects

China achieved the second spot on the Top 10 Countries with Registered and Certified LEED Projects list recently released by The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), with the amount of 1,156 LEED projects in the country. The list constitutes the current number of both registered and certified LEED projects in the world by gross square meters in different regions, and ranks the top 10 countries for LEED green building. India with 405 LEED certified and registered projects comes up as the only Asian country besides China to round up the top five of the list.

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This result is showing China’s evident keenness in responding to its environmental urgency. According to China’s Renewable Energy white paper released by Solidiance, a management consulting firm focused on Asia Pacific, China is now the world’s greatest consumer of energy and as the Chinese government continues to invest in moving Chinese manufacturers away from low-cost manufacturing and higher up the value chain into greater value added activities, China’s demand for energy shows no signs of easing. Overtaking the USA in 2007, China was also responsible for emitting more than 8300 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2010: nearly 3000 million metric tons more than the United States of America and more than 6500 million metric tons compared to India.

China’s strong enforcement on green agenda is conveyed through their 12th Five Year Plan, which aims to complete 1 billion square meters of green buildings and have 20% of new urban buildings to comply with green-building standards by the end of 2015. Solidiance’s Principal for Greater China, Pilar Dieter states that Chinese government also starts seeking for possible ways to combine photovoltaic power with building construction and integrated applications i.e. power generation and HVAC – which may further spur green construction in the next future.

China also targets to mitigate its energy use by 15% per unit of GDP, with CO2 emissions to be reduced by 17% by the end of the current Five Year Plan period. In a scenario stated in the recent study conducted by the City University of Hong Kong in conjunction with Greenpeace, China’s green buildings could help overcome its energy issue. Especially in Hong Kong where the buildings contribute to 90 per cent of the city’s total power consumption, if only 38 per cent of its buildings were to become green, CO2 emissions would be reduced by 3.1 million tonnes.

Whether China can manage itself to climb up to the first rank on the similar list in the next future, the result remains to be seen. With its incessantly increasing energy demand, China’s future lies on the strategies it puts into efforts and strong enforcement towards greener and more sustainable circumstance. (AGB.com – SA)

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