U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATEOffice of the SpokespersonFor ImmediateReleaseJuly 10, 20132013/0860FACT SHEETU.S.-China Climate Change Working Group Fact SheetThe United States and China have agreed to five new action initiatives with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by tackling the largest sources of emissions in both countries. These initiatives were developed by the U.S.-China Working
Group on Climate Change and presented in a Report agreed to by Leaders’ Special
Representatives at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.The Working Group was established pursuant to the Joint Statement on Climate Change
issued on April 13, 2013 during Secretary Kerry’s first trip to China and is intended to spur
large-scale, cooperative efforts to address the climate challenge, including deepening and
expanding work already underway. The Working Group’s Report was prepared mindful of
the overwhelming scientific consensus about anthropogenic climate change and its worseningimpacts, as well as the urgent need to intensify global efforts to combat climate change.Ambitious domestic and cooperative action by China and the United States is more criticalthan ever.Working closely with private sector and non-governmental stakeholders, the Working Groupwill develop implementation plans for the following initiatives by October 2013:
Reducing emissions from heavy-duty and other vehicles: Heavy-duty vehicles are thefastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the UnitedStates and account for more than half of transportation fuel consumed inChina. Light-duty vehicles also contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions,fuel use and air pollution. Efforts under this initiative will include advancingcomprehensive policies to reduce CO2 and black carbon emissions through: enhancedheavy-duty fuel efficiency standards; cleaner fuels and vehicle emissions controltechnologies; and more efficient, clean freight.
Increasing carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS): Together, the UnitedStates and China account for more than 40 percent of global coalconsumption. Emissions from coal combustion in the electric power and industrialsectors can be significantly reduced through CCUS. China and the United States willcooperate to overcome barriers to deploying CCUS by implementing several large-scale, integrated CCUS projects in both countries. These demonstrations will engagecompanies in both countries and allow for enhanced trade and commerce.
Increasing energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transport: The United Statesand China recognize that there is significant scope for reducing emissions and