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US China Cooperation

US China Cooperation

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The White House announcement of US-China energy accords
The White House announcement of US-China energy accords

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 THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary _____________________________________________________  ________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 17, 2009
 U.S.-China Clean Energy Announcements 
 Today, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao announced a far-reaching package of measures to strengthen cooperation between theUnited States and China on clean energy. Attachedare six fact sheets on the U.S-China clean energyannouncements.1. U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Thetwo Presidents announced the establishment of theU.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. TheCenter will facilitate joint research and developmentof clean energy technologies by teams of scientistsand engineers from the United States and China, aswell as serve as a clearinghouse to help researchersin each country. The Center will be supported bypublic and private funding of at least $150 millionover five years, split evenly between the twocountries. Initial research priorities will be buildingenergy efficiency, clean coal including carboncapture and storage, and clean vehicles. TheProtocol formally establishing the Center was signedin Beijing by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu,Chinese Minister of Science and Technology WanGang, and Chinese National Energy Agency ActingAdministrator Zhang Guobao.
 
 2. U.S.-China Electric Vehicles Initiative. The twoPresidents announced the launch of the U.S.-ChinaElectric Vehicles Initiative. Building on the first-everUS-China Electric Vehicle Forum in September 2009,the initiative will include joint standardsdevelopment, demonstration projects in more than adozen cities, technical roadmapping and publiceducation projects. The two leaders emphasizedtheir countries’ strong shared interest in acceleratingthe deployment of electric vehicles in order to reduceoil dependence, cut greenhouse gas emissions andpromote economic growth.3. U.S. China Energy Efficiency Action Plan. The twoPresidents announced the launch of a new U.S.-ChinaEnergy Efficiency Action Plan. Under the new plan,the two countries will work together to improve theenergy efficiency of buildings, industrial facilities,and consumer appliances. U.S. and Chinese officialswill work together and with the private sector todevelop energy efficient building codes and ratingsystems, benchmark industrial energy efficiency,train building inspectors and energy efficiencyauditors for industrial facilities, harmonize testprocedures and performance metrics for energyefficient consumer products, exchange best practicesin energy efficient labeling systems, and convene anew U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum to be heldannually, rotating between the two countries. 4. U.S. China Renewable Energy Partnership. Thetwo Presidents announced the launch of a new U.S.-China Renewable Energy Partnership. Under the
 
Partnership, the two countries will develop roadmapsfor wide-spread renewable energy deployment inboth countries. The Partnership will also providetechnical and analytical resources to states andregions in both countries to support renewableenergy deployment and will facilitate state-to-stateand region-to-region partnerships to shareexperience and best practices. A new Advanced GridWorking Group will bring together U.S. and Chinesepolicymakers, regulators, industry leaders, and civilsociety to develop strategies for grid modernizationin both countries. A new U.S.-China RenewableEnergy Forum will be held annually, rotating betweenthe two countries. 5. 21
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Century Coal. The two Presidents pledged topromote cooperation on cleaner uses of coal,including large-scale carbon capture and storage(CCS) demonstration projects. Through the new U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, the twocountries are launching a program of technicalcooperation to bring teams of U.S. and Chinesescientists and engineers together in developing cleancoal and CCS technologies. The two governmentsare also actively engaging industry, academia, andcivil society in advancing clean coal and CCSsolutions. The Presidents welcomed: (i) a grant fromthe U.S. Trade and Development Agency to the ChinaPower Engineering and Consulting Group Corporationto support a feasibility study for an integratedgasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant inChina using American technology, (ii) an agreementby Missouri-based Peabody Energy to investparticipate in GreenGen, a project of several major

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