US, China strengthen climate cooperation with clean coal and smart grids partnerships

The United States and China on Tuesday (July, 08) signed eight partnership agreements to raise efforts in tackling climate change and air pollution in both countries. The agreements were signed through the US-China Climate Change Working Group, during the sixth round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue high level meetings in Beijing.

According to the US State Department release, the deals provide for the launching of eight demonstration projects, four on carbon capture, utilization, and storage, and four on smart grids.

According to Reuters, they include sharing information on clean coal power generation technology. The two countries also agreed to adopt stronger vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards, conduct a study on the efficiency and use of gas in industrial boilers, and launch a new initiative on climate change and forests.


[US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting, March 24, 2014. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy The Hague on Flickr]