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On January 18, 2011, the Department of Energy released a report detailing the substantial progress made to date on a number of clean energy initiatives between China and the United States.
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ChinaFAQs: The U.S. and China at the Summit: Climate & Energy Developments in China and U.S.-China CollaborationPosted by ChinaFAQs on Jan 14, 2011
- What are the U.S. and China doing together to make progress on climate and energy issues?
- What are the opportunities and challenges for U.S. – China business cooperation on clean technology and public-private partnerships?
- What did the U.S. and China agree to in Cancun?
- What important steps is China taking on climate and energy?
- What steps can we expect China to take in the coming year?
- Are the United States and China’s Cancun commitments sufficient to avert catastrophic climate change?
As Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama prepare to meet in Washington next week, economic and security issues have been receiving the most attention in recent press. However, the visit also presents an opportunity to discuss climate and energy issues, which have long represented areas for cooperation between the two nations, even amid tensions over other issues. We asked several experts from the ChinaFAQs network to provide their views on what they would like to see result from this summit.
2011 will be a big year for climate and energy policy development in China, so we thought we’d highlight some of the key China energy and climate-related stories to watch out for during the course of the year. We’ve known to expect major developments now for over a year, since China’s commitments made at the Copenhagen climate talks in late 2009 were scheduled to be implemented in the 2011 12th Five Year Plan.
- China is expected to release its second national inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in 2012.
- In the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, China pledged to start reporting its emissions every two years going forward.
- Although producing the inventory poses a significant challenge, a recent study concludes that China is developing a reporting system that should make the inventory reliable enough for outsiders to assess whether China is making progress toward meeting its Copenhagen pledge to curb emissions.
- Both China and the United States have developed special expertise in various aspects of emissions reporting. Collaboration on this issue could bring mutual benefits and help deepen trust between the two nations.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced last week that it has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations regarding one of the Chinese subsidy programs named in the United Steelworkers petition to USTR. According to USTR, these wind industry subsidies seem to be contingent on the use of parts made in China.
Deeper Cooperation with India
In the wake of China and India’s successful cooperation in the Cancun climate negotiations, it was not surprising that the two countries agreed to continue to cooperate on climate change issues during Premier Wen Jiabao’s just-concluded visit to India.