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Asia should respond to climate change by building green

Environmentally friendly construction will be worth up to $18tn by 2030

| Indonesia
A building covered with plants in Jurong, China; the future in building is clearly green and Asia is pivotal.   © Visual China Group/Getty Images

Climate change is the defining issue of our future, and already the greening of agriculture, energy and transportation -- transforming the sectors so they become more sustainable in the face of environmental challenges -- is at the forefront of new policies and investments.

But we also need to look at how and where we live. The building, construction and renovation sectors, which make up the backbone of residential and commercial housing, contribute almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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