About the Author: Sumreen Mirza serves as a Policy Officer in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau Oceans, International Environment and Scientific Affairs.
The U.S. and China met this week in Beijing to review progress achieved in the second year of the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework (TYF) on Energy and Environment Cooperation. This framework encompasses action plans for collaboration on five existing priorities: clean, efficient and secure electricity production and transmission, clean water, clean air, clean and efficient transportation, and conservation of wetland ecosystems and nature reserves. In addition to identifying new activities under existing action plans, the Joint Working Group made significant progress in finalizing a draft action plan for energy efficiency collaboration. Read more about the TYF and the MOU on US-China Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy and Environment.
Alongside policy and technology cooperation, the Ten Year Framework also focuses on practical collaboration through joint projects known as ecopartnerships. The first seven ecopartnerships were established in December 2008 and involve the pairings of cities, ports, companies, research laboratories and academic institutions from both the U.S. and China . The delegates met with the Chinese partners and learned first-hand how ecopartnerships can become successful incubators for policy testing, technology demonstration, and subnational government capacity building on issues within our six areas of cooperation. Both sides are developing and implementing ways to strengthen the program. In the coming year, the Joint Working Group will develop guiding principles for selecting additional ecopartnerships. Read more about ecopartnerships.
The U.S. delegation to Beijing was comprised of 22 members representing the Department of State, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, Trade Development Agency, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Agency for International Development.