The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate held its second ministerial meeting in India’s capital, New Delhi, on October 15th, where senior representatives from Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United States announced initiatives to support economic growth, achieve energy security, and protect the environment, and also welcomed Canada into the Partnership.
An innovative public-private sector effort, the Asia-Pacific Partnership was established to accelerate the development and deployment of cleaner, more efficient technologies to meet national pollution reduction, energy security and climate change concerns in ways that promote economic development and reduce poverty. Through engaging private industry as well as government officials, the A.P.P. is using public-private partnerships to build local capacity, improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create new investment opportunities, and remove barriers to the introduction of clean energy technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. Together, the seven A.P.P. nations represent more than half the world’s economy, population, and energy use.
At the meeting, the United States announced its forty-five million dollar commitment for A.P.P. in 2007 for collaboration with the other partners and said the U.S. will continue seeking this level of funding annually to support the work of the partnership.
James Connaughton, Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and head of the U.S. delegation to the meeting, said the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate “started as a small discussion a few years ago and has turned into a major enterprise that supports sustainable growth, economic opportunity and our climate change goals.”
The United States welcomes the success of the Asia-Pacific Partnership Ministerial Meeting. Through the A.P.P. and other partnerships, the U.S. is working with its global partners to increase economic growth, improve energy security, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.