U.S. Committed to Strong Partnership With China on Energy and Environment

Posted by Sumreen Mirza
October 26, 2009
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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.



October 29, 2009

Flavius writes:

Does this mean we're going to get some more of that wonderful drywall they make?

Shawn A.
District Of Columbia, USA
November 18, 2009

Shawn A. in Washington, DC writes:

I think this partnership with China is very important for both of our futures, and I think this TYF will prove to be an effective way for our countries to deal with energy and environmental problems together.

With the growing presence of China in the world, it is important for us to work with them to try and decrease the negative effects that their development could have on the global environment.

With the Copenhagen Environment Summit quickly approaching, this issue is as visible as ever. Showing that China and the US are cooperating with regards to energy and the environment, I think, sends a good message out to the rest of the world that we are, at the very least, willing to talk about steps that need to be taken to help stop climate change.

I that this cooperation with China coupled with a possible agreement from Copenhagen will go a long way in creating a world-wide effort to combat climate change.


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