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WRI established its China office in 2007. We work with leaders in business, government, and civil society to address climate change, transport, and water risk issues. Learn more about our work in China. Visit the WRI China website.

China Office - LEED Scorecard

WRI’s China office was certified LEED Gold for interior space in 2014, making it the second NGO office space in Beijing to receive LEED certification. Photo by Green Business Council.

China Office - Natural Lighting

Electricity meters measure energy use, which helps encourage ongoing accountability in addition to optimizing energy use in the office. Credit: CHENG Ze

China Office - Conference Room

Highly efficient light fixtures reduce power consumption more than 46%. Photo by Cheng Ze.

China Office - Open Layout

Natural light was maximized through an open layout, helping to save electricity while providing a comfortable setting for staff. Photo by Cheng Ze.

China Office - Materials

Products with high-recycled content, account for more than 21% of total materials used. In addition, 72% of construction materials were sourced locally (within 800 km of office). Photo Cheng Ze.

China Office - Reception Area

Much of the office space (over 70 %) is furnished using the furniture from the old office space, reducing the use of new resources. In addition, all furniture (new and reused) is GREENGUARD certified. Photo by Cheng Ze.

China Office - Exterior

WRI China is located on the 7/F of Tower A of the East Gate Plaza, Beijing, China, and near various public transportation lines for commuting and travel. The building itself was renovated in 2012. Photo by Cheng Ze/WRI.

Opportunities to Reduce Water Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Chinese Power Sector

China’s power sector is its largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and also its biggest industrial water user.

This issue brief includes a Water–Climate Impacts Bubble Chart to help decision-makers better understand the trade-offs between water use, climate impacts, and capital...

Today at the U.S.-China Symposium on Energy Performance Contracting in Beijing, the Chinese and U.S. governments announced a new pilot program that could reduce Chinese buildings' energy use. The program seeks to build momentum for energy performance contracting (EPC), a renovation model where a building owner can work with a private company to install efficient technologies, and then use the cost savings from reduced energy consumption to pay for the efficiency upgrades. While EPCs are already used regularly in the United States, the pilot project will help expand the model in China as a way to curb emissions and save money.


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