China Accord: Design firms sign pledge to tackle climate change

52 companies will collaborate to reduce carbon emissions.

November 02, 2015 |
China Accord: Design firms sign pledge to tackle climate change

An oil refinery in Qixia, Nanjing, China. Photo: Vmenkov/Wikimedia Commons.

A meeting of 52 key Chinese and international architecture and planning firms yielded the China Accord—a pledge to cooperatively lower carbon emissions in the built environment.

The meeting was hosted by the China Exploration and Design Association – Architecture Branch (CEDAAB) and by Architecture 2030. “We understand our moral and professional responsibility to address the issue of greenhouse gas emissions if we are to stay within the 2° C threshold established by the international scientific community, and the Accord is just the beginning of our joint efforts,” said Ed Mazria, Architecture 2030 Founder and CEO. “We have a long and exciting road ahead of us to decarbonize the built environment.”

The China Accord supports the Chinese government’s targets to peak and begin reducing carbon emissions, as well as the State Council’s Green Buildings Action Plan and the recent China-US Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change. A number of initiatives will result from the Accord, including professional training, knowledge-sharing events and programs, a broad-based stakeholders’ forum, and the localization of design and planning strategies utilizing real-time simulation tools.

Among the international firm signatories were DLR Group, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, ARUP, Gensler, CallisonRTKL, HKS Architects, Perkins+Will, HDR, and Glumac.

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