U.S. and China To Sign, Join Paris Agreement This Year, Deepen Cooperation on Climate and Clean Energy

The United States and China have issued a joint presidential statement confirming that they will each sign the Paris Agreement on April 22nd and take steps to join the agreement as early as possible this year, and calling on other countries to do the same. This statement builds on the action generated by the presidential joint statements over the last two years, which has been an important catalyst of international action on climate change. The new showing of mutual confidence and continued commitment will contribute to worldwide momentum to tackle climate change and implement the Paris Agreement.

According to the statement, Presidents Obama and Xi are also committed to working together and with other countries to support an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a global market-based measure for addressing emissions from aviation, and “strong climate and clean energy outcomes” from this September’s G-20 presidential summit in Hangzhou, China. The countries reiterated their efforts to promote clean energy innovation and deployment, to shift finance away from high-emissions to low-carbon technologies, and “to deepen and broaden bilateral cooperation” through existing collaborative initiatives including the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group and the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.

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