Category: Sustainability

Beijing to New York: A Building Challenge

The United States long ago ceded the title of world’s tallest building to Asia and the Middle East. Seven of the top 10 tallest completed buildings in the world are now in Asia, according to the Council on Tall Buildings...

/ June 12, 2017

A “Win-Win”: China’s Leadership in Green Finance

Calling something a ‘win-win’ is one of Beijing’s favorite phrases, and whether it is derided as a slogan for China’s external relations or is explained as a core principle in China’s foreign policy approach, there is no doubt that it...

/ May 29, 2017

New Five-Year Plans Promote Energy Industry Reform

Facing ongoing pollution challenges and a push to diversify energy sources, China’s energy planners kicked off 2017 by announcing an array of 13th Five-Year Plans (13FYPs). Offering quantifiable short-term goals for limiting reliance on coal in favor of oil and...

Navigating the Haze of Environmental Compliance

Costs of complying with China’s environmental protection laws are rising as companies operating there face higher compliance costs, more frequent inspections, and a swath of new laws and regulations on emissions. Already held to high expectations of energy efficiency and...

/ April 7, 2017

Don’t Waste Investment Opportunity in Wastewater

In recent years, China has increased its efforts toward combating high levels of environmental pollution, a result of the country’s accelerated economic growth. In 2012, China declared war on pollution, and put aside RMB 3.7 trillion for the battle; more...

/ February 22, 2017

Chinese Consumers Adopt Greener Lifestyle

Decoupling notions of upward mobility and increased consumption will be crucial to China’s future prosperity. China’s economic rise has been based on a model of rapid industrial growth, manufacturing, and export. But now, growth is slowing and China’s population is...

/ February 10, 2017

Energy Transition Increases Need for US Technology

China’s energy planners seek to increase production, distribution, and consumption of renewable energy as a means to diversify energy supply. However, as China attempts to transition from coal to other energy sources, it struggles to utilize existing renewable capacity. This...

/ February 6, 2017

FDI in Green Buildings in China – a Solution for its Affordable Housing Problems?

In July, China’s State Council released data showing that the country is aiming to construct 3,500 new urban areas by 2030, with a collective capacity of 3.4 billion residents – roughly half of the world’s population. Although criticized as unrealistic,...

/ December 19, 2016

Meat’s off the Menu: Exploring Opportunities for Meat Alternatives in China

The Chinese government issued new dietary guidelines recommended by the Health Ministry that aim for a 50 percent reduction in the country’s meat consumption by 2030. China consumes about 30 percent of the world’s meat, including half of its pork,...

/ September 21, 2016

China Plants Seed to Tackle Soil Pollution

China’s State Council released a nationwide Action Plan for Soil Pollution Prevention and Control on May 31 that calls for laws to monitor, prevent, and remediate soil pollution, and aims to incrementally improve soil quality across the country by mid-century....