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India ranked third in LEED Green Building Certification in 2023

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India has achieved certification for 248 projects under LEED, encompassing a total gross area of 72.36 million square meters. This notable position in LEED Zero projects underscores India’s dedication to sustainability and the incorporation of inventive green building techniques. Furthermore, it aligns with India’s ambitious goal of attaining net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2070.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. The rating system is available for virtually all building types, thus providing a framework for healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

India has consistently ranked among the top three countries for many years, underscoring its commitment to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals outlined for 2030. The ranking highlights India’s focus on climate change, particularly on Green Development and promoting environmentally conscious practices. In 2023, India remained third-ranking on the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED . The country achieved LEED certification for 248 projects, encompassing buildings and spaces and covering 7.23 million gross square meters (GSM).

Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, Managing Director – Southeast Asia & Middle East, GBCI, said, “With India’s rapidly growing urban landscape, the investment in green buildings becomes imperative, which extends beyond resource efficiency and reduced environmental impact; it is a fundamental step towards enhancing the well-being of our communities. India’s consistent presence among the top countries for LEED underscores the dedicated pursuit of sustainable living and the widespread adoption of green buildings. India has committed to achieving the Net Zero emission target by 2070, demonstrating its active engagement in global climate initiatives.”

The list is compiled based on data and analysis of LEED-certified Gross Square Meters (GSM) space as of 2023. While the United States is not included in the list, it remains the world’s largest market for LEED, with more than 51 million GSM certified during the year. China secured the top spot in the 2023 rankings, with over 24 million GSM certified, followed by Canada with 7.9 million GSM. The annual assessment by the USGBC highlights the progress made by countries and regions worldwide in adopting sustainable, resilient, and health-focused approaches to building design, construction, and operations.

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