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S&ED: Six new US-China EcoPartnerships announced

13 May 2011
S&ED: Six new US-China EcoPartnerships announced

NEW YORK: From May 9-10, 2011, leading officials from China and the US met in Washington for the third annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), to discuss major bilateral, regional and global issues, including climate change, clean energy and low carbon growth, in particular, EcoPartnerships.

Included in the Bilateral Dialogues and Consultations was emphasis on the productive meeting of the Climate Change Policy Dialogue, where it was decided that US and China would continue working together to ensure the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Here it was also decided that the agreements reached in Cancun in 2010 must be equally embraced, to achieve a positive outcome at the coming UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, later this year.

Consultations were held around a possible joint action plan to apply the recently signed protocol agreement for cooperation in energy sciences between the US Department of Energy and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, to establish a framework for promoting scientific and technical collaboration between the US and China in clean energy development.

The clearest collaborative work was in the expansion of the EcoPartnership program, which was founded in 2008 under the first S&ED talks. Six new EcoPartnerships were announced, under the US-China Ten Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment (TYF), which was utilized to bring the countries together to share knowledge, innovation and sustainable development

At the signing ceremony, Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State, remarked on the EcoPartnership program: “We need to harness the unique skills of both of our cities, our states, our universities, our private companies, our civil societies to find solutions to common problems. That is especially true when it comes to clean energy, energy security, environmental stability, and climate change. Both of our countries have companies that are developing new and exciting technologies, universities that are doing groundbreaking research, and local governments that have unique perspectives on the community environmental issues they face which can have a global impact…. All of these collaborations have the potential to help us solve some of our most profound environmental challenges and, at the same time, create new jobs in both of our countries. I am confident that these new collaborations will yield innovative solutions, and I look forward to learning more about the results of your work. When it comes to the green economy, local partnerships can have a global impact."

In response, Xie Zhenhua, Chinese Vice Chairman of the National Development And Reform Commission Minister said: “Since the establishment of the first group of seven pairs of eco-partners in the end of 2008, they have carried out very innovative and cooperate – and positive cooperation in the areas of energy efficiency, clean energy, new energy, eco and environmental protection. Today, we have another new six partners signing their statement of intent here. I welcome and congratulate them for joining this big family of eco-partners, and I look forward to innovative cooperation from them so as to make a contribution to the greener, cleaner, low carbon future of both countries as well as to contribute to the greener future of the human beings.”

Evan Juska, Head of US Policy, The Climate Group said:  “The relationship between the US and China on clean energy is usually framed in terms of competition.  But the truth is that the countries must cooperate to meet their clean energy goals – especially in developing new clean energy technologies like carbon capture and storage.  The EcoPartnerships are tangible examples of how clean energy cooperation can work, and they show where opportunities for further collaboration between the two countries currently exist.”  

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