[Project] Moving Ahead in China

06-01-2014 | China中国

From 1st to 20 December, Peter Graham, GBPN’s Executive Director and Jens Laustsen, GBPN’s Technical Director were in China to give a boost to GBPN’s projects in China for the year ahead. They spoke and participated in several conferences in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzen.

About one quarter of the buildings sector’s abatement potential is available from improved energy efficiency of new buildings. This segment will be especially important in developing countries where annual new construction activity is more than 5% of GDP and most of the buildings that will exist in 2030 have yet to be built (e.g., 50% in China and 70% in India). GBPN's research shows that China could experience a 60% increase in thermal energy demand by 2050 unless more stringent building codes and complimentary policies are adopted. The GBPN is therefore increasing its efforts to grow its presence and relevance in critical Asian countries, starting with partnership and project development in China for 2014.

From 1st to 20 December, Peter Graham, GBPN’s Executive Director and Jens Laustsen, GBPN’s Technical Director were in China to give a boost to GBPN’s projects in China for the year ahead. They spoke and participated in several conferences in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzen.

The GBPN has identified Asia as one of its priority regions. Due to its growth, China is experiencing a significant increase of new buildings, which represents around 2 billion square meters every year, and still much of the building stock that will exist in two decades is yet to be built. GBPN is therefore aiming to work with programs and organisations to improve building code enforcement, expand policies to accelerate existing building retrofit and demonstrate potential for low-energy buildings through validation of building energy performance.

From Dec 2nd to 5 December 2014, Peter Graham and Eva Jiayu Wang, GBPN’s Research Associate participated in Energy Efficiency Lab in Shanghai, coorganised by World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD), China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD) and Urban Land Institute (ULI). The objective of the EEB2.0 project (2013-2015) is to unlock financially viable energy efficiency investments.  The laboratory was conducted over 4 days in Shanghai and discussed the key issues and recommendations of overcoming the challenges by owners and stakeholders of large building portfolios across different market segments.

Peter Graham also spoke in ULI Annual Meeting that focused on urban regeneration and facilitation of Healthy and Sustainable Environment.

Jens Laustsen participated in 10th International Green Habitat Forum in Shenzhen that was held from 6-8 December 2013 and organised by UNEP-SBCI, China Merchants Property Development and by the Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Development of Shenzhen Municipal Government.

The forum explored the topics of low carbon development, green habitat and urbanization, and also serves a platform for information exchange and cooperation among Chinese governments, academics, NGOs and international experts to promote innovative urban planning concepts and applications to help address the challenges China faces during its urbanization process.  

On Dec 12th in Beijing GBPN and CANGO co-hosted a stakeholder workshop to form the GBPN China Experts Committee. It gathered together a group of top experts from government department, development and investment section, local and international NGOs and other related organizations in building sector to share current activities and identify opportunities for collaboration. 

Peter Graham and Jens Laustsen also met several organisations to discuss the possibilities of collaboration with GBPN in China, including Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China (MoHURD), Energy Foundation, China Center for Urban Development (CCUD), China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), China Development Bank Capital (CDBC), World Bank,  World Resource Institute (WRI).

There have already been some tangible outcomes – GBPN and MOHURD have signed an agreement to adapt and apply GBPN’s policy comparison tools and best-practice guidelines to review all of China’s building energy codes and support recommendations for improving policies in the 13th five-year plan. A partnership between CANGO and GBPN has also been established to support capacity building in low-carbon developments and provide international best-practice knowledge to China’s UNFCCC delegations.

We are looking forward to developing these programs and creating opportunities for input from our entire global network this year.

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