China world's second leading investor in energy efficiency for buildings

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New research has revealed that China has become one of the leading global investors in energy-efficiency for buildings, writes the China Daily website.
According to the latest report from the International Energy Association, released earlier this month at the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington, China came second only to the US when it comes to investment in the energy-efficiency of its buildings, with an investment figure totalling $18 billion in 2014.
The annual study focuses on a particular sector each year to assess what energy-efficiency investments are being made and where; this year, the researchers looked at construction.
Philippe Benoit, head of the Energy Efficiency and Environment Division at the IEA in Paris, explained that the figures show the US had the greatest amount of investment, followed by China and then Germany.
"We estimated that investment in energy efficiency in buildings is $90 billion, which includes the installation of the inspection system and the lighting in buildings," Benoit stated.
In China specifically, the report notes that energy-efficiency investment "has continued to grow in step with the pace of investment growth in the building-construction market. In 2014, more than $18 billion was invested in building energy efficiency in China, with more than $11 billion of that invested in residential buildings."
It is thought that this increased investment has been driven by a blend of consumer spending, investments in energy service companies and government programmes such as building codes and retrofitting. While some of these schemes were voluntary, others were compulsory.
As one of the largest industrial markets in the world, China has a major part to play in reducing carbon emissions; in fact, it currently consumes more than a fifth (22%) of the world's total oil consumption, using 3,000 million tonnes.
What's more, its market is expected to continue developing and expanding over the coming years, meaning if its energy consumption doubles – or triples, even – the country could be accountable for two-thirds of global oil consumption.
Having been to China before, Benoit commented that, "It is interesting to see the recognition of the need to seek transformation to move to a different way of growth."
He added: "There are a lot of efforts China put into energy-efficiency reform [...] in some of the discussions we had there, the Chinese agencies have [shown] a desire to improve their ability to analyze what is going to impact energy efficiency."
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