China has penned a deal to support the construction of green buildings worldwide that help cut harmful emissions.

The partnership between the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and China Green Building Council (China GBC) will promote developments globally that prioritise the use of materials and practices that are sympathetic to the environment. And with more than 70 country members, the WorldGBC – which says ‘green buildings can and must be at the centre of our lives’ – is well placed to deliver on this ambition.

WorldGBC Europe tweeted that the “new partnership with China Green Building Council” also offers “huge opportunities for exchange on [the]  between Europe and China”.

And with China expected to build around half of all new construction projects around the world in the next 10 years, the WorldGBC recognises the importance of having the support of what is the ‘largest building construction market‘ on the planet.

“The significance of bringing China into the global green building movement cannot be underestimated. Just as China has sought to assert its commitment to combating climate change on the global stage, this partnership marks a new era in cooperation between the world’s largest green construction market and our community of Green Building Councils in over 70 countries. We look forward to learning from their expertise and experience as we seek to create green buildings for everyone, everywhere,” said Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council.