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President Barack Obama and China's President Hu Jintao announced a far-reaching package of measures to strengthen cooperation between the United States and China on clean energy.
It includes establishment of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center to facilitate joint research and development of clean energy technologies by teams of scientists from both nations. The Center will also serve as a clearinghouse to help Chinese and American researchers. It will be supported by public and private funding of at least $150 million over 5 years, provided evenly by the U.S. and China.
The Protocol establishing the Center was signed in Beijing on November 17 by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, China's Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang and by Chinese National Energy Agency Acting Administrator Zhang Guobao.
The 2 Presidents announced the launch of the U.S.-China Electric Vehicles Initiative. Building on the first-ever U.S.-China Electric Vehicle Forum in September 2009, the initiative will include joint standards development, demonstration projects in more than a dozen cities, technical road mapping and public education projects. Both leaders emphasized their countries' strong shared interest in accelerating the deployment of electrical vehicles.
The 2 Presidents announced the launch of a new plan to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, industrial facilities and consumer appliances. In addition, a new U.S.-China Renewable Energy Partnership was also announced which will provide technical and analytical resources to states and regions in both countries to support renewable energy deployment and facilitate state-to-state partnerships to share experience and best practices.
A new Advanced Grid Working Group will bring together U.S. and Chinese policymakers, regulators, industry leaders, and civil society to develop strategies for grid modernization in both countries.
President Obama and President Jintao pledged to promote cooperation on cleaner uses of coal, including large-scale carbon capture and storage demonstration projects. The 2 countries are launching a program of technical cooperation to bring teams of U.S. and Chinese scientists and engineers together in developing clean coal technologies.
The two Presidents announced the launch of a new U.S.-China Shale Gas Resources Initiative, using experience gained in the U.S. to assess China's shale gas potential and promote environmentally-sustainable development of shale gas resources.
A newly established U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program will also leverage private sector resources for project development work in China across an array of energy projects.
The U.S. is committed to working with its partner, China, to develop clean energy for all the world.