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US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and China Sign Memorandum of Cooperation on Greenhouse Gas InventoriesPosted by Deborah Seligsohn on Nov 20, 2009
There is finally a story on page A12 of the Washington Post on what is probably one of the most important agreements signed during the President’s recent visit to China — an agreement for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and specifically NDRC’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) on greenhouse gas inventories.
Release date: 11/19/2009
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have formalized a Memorandum of Cooperation to enhance capacity to address climate change. Signing the Memorandum were EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and NDRC Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua.
When you talk about actually getting into the weeds about how you manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nothing is more important or more technical than measuring those emissions. This week our organization, the World Resources Institute (WRI), hosted two stakeholder workshops to discuss new standards that WRI along with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have been developing with a global committee.
President Obama departed China today after quite a productive two days. The major accomplishments on the climate front were the series of agreements signed yesterday. While expectations for Copenhagen have been somewhat lowered – towards a “political” deal rather than completing all the work needed for the full-scale treaty – both Obama and Hu indicated they were working to get to a good deal.
Obama’s China Trip: US-China Joint Statement, Clean Energy Projects, and Environmental Capacity-Building MOUPosted by Deborah Seligsohn on Nov 17, 2009
President Obama and his team look like they’ve had a productive day in Beijing, even if Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had to remind the media that the Obama team was not expecting “that the waters would part and everything would change over our almost two-and-a-half day trip to China.” The just-released U.S.-China Joint Statement is almost encyclopedic in its coverage of the challenges facing these two world leaders, with commitments to work together more closely on them.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009
At the invitation of President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, President Barack Obama of the United States of America is paying a state visit to China from November 15–18, 2009. The Presidents held in-depth, productive and candid discussions on U.S.-China relations and other issues of mutual interest.
As Asia looks forward to President Obama’s trip, China is seeing important clean energy projects on an almost daily basis. Not only do we expect new projects from the President’s trip, but the Asian Development Bank launched a new carbon capture and storage project, and China is looking to buy U.S. solar panels for a new solar base.
With President Obama’s arrival in Asia just days away, the Chinese press is being upbeat but offering little specific on expectations.