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Four businesses take bolder climate leadership, partnering with World Green Building Council

HeidelbergCement, SOM, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and Ronald Lu & Partners partner with World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).


Having already partnered with national Green Building Councils, HeidelbergCement, SOM, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and Ronald Lu & Partners extend their commitments to sustainability and climate action by joining forces with the WorldGBC network. Working closely with WorldGBC to drive towards a sustainable built environment, the new partnerships are being announced just as WorldGBC launches its major 2020 climate action campaign – World Green Building Week 2020.

“Progressive businesses play a fundamental role in driving sustainability in the built environment”, said WorldGBC CEO, Cristina Gamboa. “We are pleased to announce that HeidelbergCementSkidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); CLP Power Hong Kong Limited; and Ronald Lu & Partners have joined us as partners. Their contributions will accelerate global and regional leadership on our three strategic work streams of climate action, health & wellbeing and resources & circularity.”


HeidelbergCement joins as European Regional Network (ERN) Partner

“As one of the leading companies in the construction industry, we have long been committed to sustainable construction,” says Dr Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “Together with the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council, we now want to further intensify the promotion of sustainability and innovation in the construction sector. With this, we are accelerating the development towards a carbon-neutral construction industry, and ultimately towards a carbon-neutral society in Europe. Strengthening sustainable construction also helps us to achieve our medium- and long-term sustainability goals, such as the Sustainability Commitments 2030”.

HeidelbergCement is the first cement company to have received approval for science-based CO2 reduction targets by the Science Based Targets initiative. Furthermore, the company played a leading role in the development of the certification system for responsibly sourced concrete, which is globally implemented by the Concrete Sustainability Council.

Working with WorldGBC on implementing the ambitions of the EU Green Deal in Europe’s construction sector, HeidelbergCement joins seven other European partners from across the sector as a European Regional Network Partner.


SOM join as a global Advancing Net Zero Partner

Mina Hasman, Associate at SOM, said, “As architects, engineers, and planners, we are focused on the greatest challenge of our time: to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. By partnering with the World Green Building Council, we hope to amplify our efforts to empower the building design and construction industry—leading by example with the work we deliver, and inspiring others to take action at a global scale.”

Both SOM and HeidelbergCement will help drive the development of WorldGBC’s high profile Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment to extend beyond operational carbon into embodied carbon, increasing the built environment’s role in tackling the climate emergency. WorldGBC is right now convening GBCs alongside leading businesses from across the sector to set out the shape of this ‘whole life carbon’ commitment.


CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP Power) join as Asia Pacific Network – Advancing Net Zero Partners

Joseph Law, Senior Director – Planning and Development for CLP Power, said: “CLP Power supports the need for deep decarbonisation of electricity generation.  We are excited to partner with the World Green Building Council in moving the world to achieve meaningful carbon reduction.  As buildings consume around 90% of the electricity used in Hong Kong, CLP has been playing our part by promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and optimising our fuel mix to not only reduce Hong Kong’s carbon footprint, but also help bring clearer, bluer skies to the city.”
CLP pledged to not to invest in any additional coal-fired generation capacity and to progressively phase out all remaining coal assets by 2050.  They have also committed to revisiting and strengthening their decarbonisation targets at least every five years. The commitments underscore the company’s climate leadership, after it became the first Asia-based power company to set carbon intensity reduction targets for its generation portfolio in 2007.


Ronald Lu & Partners join as Asia Pacific Network – Advancing Net Zero Partners

MK Leung, Director and Director of Sustainable Design of Ronald Lu and Partners (RLP) said, “Ronald Lu & Partners is excited to join WorldGBC as an Asia Pacific Network – Advancing Net Zero Partner. We are known throughout Asia as a pioneer of sustainable architecture. Recognised as industry leaders, many of our professionals achieve local or international green professional credentials and continuously drive sustainability to go beyond the ordinary to make better places for people and the planet. We are excited by the opportunity to have an even greater sustainability impact by collaborating with WorldGBC.”

Ronald Lu and Partners, a pioneer of sustainable architecture, led the design of CIC-Zero Carbon Park (ZCP)—the first building in Hong Kong to produce zero carbon emissions. The HK$240 million building is a joint project between the Construction Industry Council and the Hong Kong government’s Development Bureau.

ZCP is the first zero carbon building in the tropics designed to be energy-positive from a life-cycle perspective. It represents a milestone for Hong Kong for its vision, design, execution and implementation as well as the continual operational optimisation of the building performances since its opening in 2012.


About HeidelbergCement

HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of building materials, with leading market positions in aggregates, cement, and ready-mixed concrete. The Group employs around 55,000 people at over 3,000 locations in more than 50 countries.

HeidelbergCement has committed itself to reduce its specific net CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 30% compared to 1990 by 2030. This target has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and is in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, making HeidelbergCement the first cement company worldwide to have approved science-based CO2 reduction targets. By 2019, HeidelbergCement has already achieved a reduction of 22%. The company has announced that by 2030, 80% of its research and development budget will be spent on the development of sustainable products. HeidelbergCement will realise its vision of carbon neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest.

HeidelbergCement sustainability report


About SOM

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is a collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners, responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings and urban spaces. Our interdisciplinary team is focused on the challenge to decarbonize the built environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and address the impacts of climate change. Through our built work, research, and advocacy, we are committed to advancing sustainable design.

From the 1971 Weyerhaeuser Company Headquarters, one of the first sustainable office buildings in the world, to the Kathleen Grimm School, the first in New York City to achieve net-zero energy, SOM has designed buildings and urban projects that set new standards for sustainability for over 50 years.


About CLP

CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (“CLP Power”) is the Hong Kong utility subsidiary wholly owned by CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia. CLP Power operates a vertically integrated electricity supply business in Hong Kong and provides a highly reliable supply of electricity and excellent customer services to 6 million people in its supply area.

CLP sustainability report
About Ronald Lu & Partners

Ronald Lu & Partners (RLP) is a design-led architecture firm with a vision to design a better life and redefine sustainability. We have over 550 trusted advisors across Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. RLP is an industry changer, our focuses and areas of excellence are many: transit-oriented development (TOD), transportation, mixed use, retail, dining and entertainment (RDE), civic and community, culture, industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, education, healthcare and wellness, luxury residential and interior design services. RLP has collaborated with over a thousand international partners and has been involved in award-winning projects all over the globe.

Ronald Lu & Partners sustainability report
About WorldGBC

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is a global network leading the transformation of the built environment to make it healthier and sustainable.

Collectively, with our Green Building Councils (GBCs) in around 70 countries, we drive action to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement and UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Through a systems change approach, working across sectors, we are aiming to transform the building and construction industry towards a net zero carbon and sustainable built environment.

We are committed to green buildings for everyone, everywhere to build a better future.



Harvey Jones, Marketing and Communications Manager, World Green Building Council +44 (0) 7472815818