[Webinar] Opportunities for Enhanced Near-term U.S.-China Climate Action: Decarbonizing the Buildings Sector

Thursday, January 26, 2023 | 5:00pm - 6:15pm


January 26 |  5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (Pacific Time)
January 27 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (China Standard Time) 

Attendance is free, but registration is required to join. Register here

Buildings contribute to 40% of the globe’s greenhouse gas emissions, consuming three-quarters of electricity in the United States alone. Meanwhile, China has the largest building stock in the world, amounting to nearly half of the globe’s new building area. Buildings also contribute significantly to industrial emissions from the production of construction materials like concrete and steel. How can we ensure zero carbon emissions in new building development? How can we reduce emissions from existing building stocks to contribute to climate objectives? Join us to learn from issue-experts on building decarbonization opportunities for the U.S. and China, including examples from the State of California. 


5:00 PM    Discussion is opened by Moderator, Jenn Perron, Senior Climate Policy Fellow, California-China Climate Institute 

5:05 PM    Opening Remarks

  • Bob Weisenmiller, Research Affiliate, California-China Climate Institute

5:10 p.m.     Reducing Building Emissions in the U.S. 

  • Stephanie Greene, Managing Director, Carbon-Free Buildings, Rocky Mountain Institute

Examples from California: Title 24 standards and participation in the National Buildings Performance Standards Coalition 

  • Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Reducing Building Emissions in China 

  • Nan Zhou, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

5:50  PM    Closing Remarks 

  • Anand Gopal, Executive Director, Policy Research, Energy Innovation

6:05 PM    Moderated Audience Question and Answer

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