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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 11:52

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009

Today, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao announced the launch of a new U.S.-China Shale Gas Resource Initiative. This Initiative will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy security and create commercial opportunities for U.S. companies through:

  • Shale gas resource assessment: The Initiative will use experience gained in the United States to assess China’s shale gas potential and promote environmentally sustainable development of shale gas resources.
  • Technical cooperation: Through the Initiative, the United States and China will conduct joint technical studies to support accelerated development of shale gas resources in China.
  • Investment promotion: The Initiative will promote shale gas investment in China through the U.S.-China Oil and Gas Industry Forum, study tours and workshops focused on shale gas development.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 11:47

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009

Today, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao pledged to promote cooperation on cleaner uses of coal, including large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects. Through the new U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, the two countries are launching a program to bring teams of U.S. and Chinese scientists and engineers together in developing clean coal and CCS technologies. The two countries are also actively engaging industry, academia and civil society in advancing clean coal and CCS solutions.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 11:43

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009

Today, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao announced the launch of a new U.S.-China Renewable Energy Partnership.. Both Presidents embraced a vision of wide-scale deployment of renewable energy including wind, solar and advanced bio-fuels, with a modern electric grid, and agreed to work together to make that vision possible. The two Presidents recognized that, given the combined market size of the U.S. and China, accelerated deployment of renewable energy in the two countries can significantly reduce the cost of these technologies globally.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 11:39

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009

Today, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao announced the launch of a new U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Action Plan to strengthen the economy, improve energy security and combat climate change by reducing energy waste in both countries. The United States and China consume over 40 percent of global energy resources, costing businesses and households in the two countries roughly $1.5 trillion per year. Working together to improve energy efficiency in buildings, industry and consumer products, the United States and China can reduce spending on imported and highly polluting sources of energy and reinvest in new sources of economic growth and job creation.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 11:34

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2009

Today, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao announced the launch of a U.S.-China Electric Vehicles Initiative. The two leaders emphasized their countries’ strong shared interest in accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles in order to reduce oil dependence, cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote economic growth.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 11:29

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
November 17, 2009

President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao today announced the establishment of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. The Protocol formally establishing the Center was signed at ceremonies in Beijing by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, and Chinese National Energy Agency Administrator Zhang Guobao.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 10:17

Key Points

  • In 2004, China launched its “Ten Key Projects” initiative, a billion dollar program that provides financial support for energy-saving projects ranging from the power sector to construction across the nation.
  • The Chinese government approved nearly 550 applications in 2007 and more than 1,200 applications in 2008.
Monday, November 9, 2009 - 10:30

Key Points

  • Without coordinated action among countries there is great potential to ‘game the system’ and to not fully cover ‘carbon leakage’ to key export markets.
  • There is little evidence unilateral trade measures alone will prompt comparable action in China, effectively safeguard U.S. manufacturers from job loss, or significantly prevent “carbon leakage.”
  • However, there are several short- and long-term policy options for “leveling the playing field” and safeguarding the competitiveness of carbon-intensive manufacturers in the U.S. – while at the same time creating incentives for emissions reductions at home and abroad.
Monday, November 2, 2009 - 10:37

Key Points

  • China is undergoing a transportation revolution. The number of vehicles on China’s roads is rising quickly, along with oil use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • To curb its oil use and emissions, China is increasing fuel economy standards, investing in mass transit and seeking to become a world leader in the manufacture of electric and hybrid vehicles.
  • China has a window of opportunity to put its transport sector on a low-emissions path. Investments in transport efficiency now will produce major reductions in energy use and emissions in the future.
Fact Sheets, Transportation
Friday, October 30, 2009 - 10:56

Key Points

  • China is urbanizing at an unprecedented rate. By 2025, some 1 billion people will live in cities, and China is expected to have 221 cities with more than 1 million people (the United States currently has 9).
  • To address the increased emissions urbanization promotes, China is pursuing a range of policies designed to improve building efficiency, mass transit, and energy use by common household appliances.
  • Although cities can exacerbate environmental problems, they also have the potential to be the engine for improved efficiency and environmental protection.