China and the U.S. Announce a Climate Change Collaborative Plan of Action
Eco-celebration is in order with this new announcement for collaborative action between China and the United States.
As we reported to you last week, the UN Climate Change Conference is beckoning the leaders of the world to come together for a global solution to this growing climate challenge that affects us all. First Brazil announcing their drastic emission reduction plans and now the news of collaboration looks like we might just be able to set our differences aside and take some eco-action! Wonderful news for our planet as well as the example this sets for future leaders in training.
In a joint statement, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao agreed on a common approach to achieve a successful outcome in international climate negotiations: Regarding the upcoming Copenhagen Conference, both sides agree on the importance of actively furthering the full, effective and sustained implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in accordance with the Bali Action Plan. The United States and China, consistent with their national circumstances, resolve to take significant mitigation actions and recognize the important role that their countries play in promoting a sustainable outcome that will strengthen the world’s ability to combat climate change. The two sides resolve to stand behind these commitments.
This new ‘comprehensive plan’ for U.S. and China to address the clean energy and climate change was announced last week in Beijing by President Obama and President Hu Jintao. The details of this agreement are much more comprehensive then many originally ever suspected. It even includes the coordination of many institutions and programs to help implement the details of this plan. There was even a focus to help ‘China build a robust, transparent and accurate inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions.’
Some of the efforts outlined by this plan include the following areas:
1. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
2. Joint Clean Energy Research Center
3. Electric Vehicles
4. Energy Efficiency: Which includes building a 10-year energy and environment cooperation plan.
5. Renewable Energy
6. 21st Century Coal: To help bring together the top technical efforts to develop clean coal and carbon capture technologies.
7. Shale Gas
9. Public-private partnerships on clean energy
As you can see LUX Nation, progress is being made! This new announcement and publicly stated agreement brings even more hope for a collaboration of many other countries with both China and U.S. on board. We look forward to seeing the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in about two weeks.
If you’d like more information about the plan, visit ClimateProgress.org.
So LUXies, what do you think of these new eco-announcements for climate change? Is this a collaboration that you can stand behind?