BRIC countries' approaches to building green

Dan Probst - Jones Lang LaSalle

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Dan Probst
Energy and Sustainability Services

A recent article on green buildings in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), highlighted in our most recent Global Sustainability Perspectives poses some interesting mindsets of how other countries are embracing sustainability.

  • India’s total inventory of LEED certified buildings has grown from 20,000 square feet in 2004 to 23 million square feet in 2009, as is expect to reach 45 million square feet by 2012. India has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 20 to 25 percent from 2005 to 2020.
  • Despite having some of the world’s largest deposits of oil and other fossil fuels, Russia has adopted an energy strategy aimed at increasing renewable energy sources such as solar, tidal and wind power to 38 percent of all it power needs by 2030; however, the same plan envisages no major action on renewable energy until 2022.
  • In Brazil, a high proportion of energy is generated through hydropower, so there isn’t pressure to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency measures, but land use, waste and other aspects of sustainability are important.

It seems every country has a unique approach to addressing climate change and other environmental issues.

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