About the Author: Sarah Goldfarb serves as DipNote's Associate Editor. Sarah will be providing information from presentations about key climate programs and scientific research at the U.S. Center at the 16th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-16) in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 through December 10, 2010.
The 16th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework got under way in Cancun on November 29. Government officials and non-governmental organization observers have gathered to discuss ways to address climate change. At COP-16, the U.S. Center is devoted to showing how the United States has taken action to tackle this issue, and for the next two weeks, I will be presenting you information from presentations at the U.S. Center about key climate programs and scientific research. The first side event I would like to share with you is "Global Energy Efficiency Potential," sponsored by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
One of the ways the United States is addressing the matter is by working with countries, such as India, where energy consumption is on the rise. After experiencing electricity shortages and witnessing the state of California reduce their carbon emissions, the Indian state of Maharashtra teamed up with the LBNL to maximize energy efficiency and reduce pollution.
Today, the state of Maharashtra has significantly reduced its carbon emissions and reduced its imports of coal and natural gas. In addition, several other Indian states have started to create their own efficiency programs, and on President Obama's recent visit to India, he met with Indian Prime Minister Singh and reaffirmed their bilateral partnership to addressing climate change issues.
Jayant Sathaye, a Senior Scientist at the LBNL, operated by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy, said that the relationship is a peer-to-peer partnership based on building efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. He believes that energy efficiency and renewable energies are the key ingredients of a green energy future.
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