Strategic and Economic Dialogue announces climate progress, ChinaFAQs and EESI hold briefing

For the full briefing notice including speakers, topics, and the video recording, click here

At this week’s U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C., the two countries built on their robust cooperation on climate change and clean energy. The U.S. and China pledged to work together to address obstacles to an “ambitious global climate agreement” at this December’s Conference of the Parties in Paris. They also agreed to continue to discuss each country’s post-2020 plans, and announced a new dialogue on domestic policy. The countries highlighted their progress on the initiatives they jointly announced in November, such as phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and expanding the Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The next five-year phase of the CERC, from 2016 through 2020, will continue the three existing research tracks on advanced coal technology, building energy efficiency, and clean vehicles, along with a new consortium on the energy-water nexus.

The U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) recently released its annual report describing its outcomes over the past year. New CCWG initiatives include plans for a Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Los Angeles this fall; two new carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) pilots; and projects on a wide array of topics such as urbanization, electric buses, building energy efficiency, industrial boiler emission control, and green ports and vessels.

For more details on the new CCWG initiatives, click here

For more information on these and other projects and announcements relating to climate and energy, see this U.S. State Department press release, section III.

On July 14th, ChinaFAQs and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will host a briefing on China’s actions on climate change and clean energy and U.S.-China cooperation. University, government, and business experts will discuss the results of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and current actions and future prospects for China’s shift to low-carbon energy, including China’s expected contribution (INDC) to the international climate agreement in Paris this December. Please click here for details.

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