Rapid urbanization and population growth in China could increase building energy use by as much as 40 percent over the next 15 years.
"Half of all cranes in cities are in China and will continue to be," said Clay Nesler, vice president of global sustainability and industry initiatives at Johnson Controls. About 25 percent of the country's energy consumption in 2011 was attributable to buildings.
"If we follow business as usual, that will increase by 40 percent over the next 50 years," he said.
In order to lower emissions and lower energy use, we need to get half of our carbon savings from buildings, Nesler said, and that's where China needs to be a leader. Here are Nesler's 10 reasons for businesses to take energy-efficient business opportunities, gleaned from six years of collaboration within the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center consortium.