CCS Facilitates High-Level Information, Policy, and Technical Exchange Meeting Between Oregon and Guangdong

CCS Facilitates High-Level Information, Policy, and Technical Exchange Meeting Between Oregon and Guangdong

Oregon

On October 18, as part of its EcoPartnership for U.S.-China subnational engagement, CCS facilitated a meeting between senior energy, climate, and economy officials, experts, and private sector representatives from the U.S. State of Oregon and China's Guangdong Province to discuss their respective work on climate, energy, and economic policy, and opportunities for cooperation on clean energy policy, technology, and innovation. The Oregon delegation was headed by Cylvia Hayes, the First Lady of the State of Oregon who also serves as Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's Policy Advisor on Clean Energy and Economic Development, and Tim McCabe, Director of the Oregon Business Development Department. They were joined by their colleagues from the Governor's Office, Oregon Business Commission, Oregon Business Development Department, Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST), Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), Portland General Electric, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The Guangdong side was led by Mr. Lu Xiulu, Deputy Director of the Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission (DRC), responsible for achieving Guangdong's carbon and energy intensity reduction targets during the current 12th Five Year Plan. Mr. Lu was joined from his colleagues from the Guangdong Provincial DRC's Divisions of Resource Conservation and Climate Change, High-Tech Industries, and Foreign Capital and Overseas Investment, Guangdong Provincial Energy Administration Division of New Energy, Guangdong Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research, and Jinan University Institute of Low Carbon and Sustainable Development.

Guangdong shared some background on the Provincial economy and energy structure, as well as its low carbon development plans and policies to achieve its carbon and energy intensity targets with strong support from the national and provincial as one of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)’s Five Province and Eight City Low Carbon Development Pilots. Oregon shared some background on its clean energy policies and technology, and the two sides discussed opportunities to work together in specific clean energy policy, technology, and innovation areas such as advanced energy storage and infrastructure for electric vehicles and the grid as well as energy consumption auditing for buildings and models for public-private partnerships in clean energy research, development, and commercialization.

CCS has been working with the State of Oregon for the past year or more through its work on the Pacific Coast Collaborative Clean Economy Report and the State’s Ten Year Energy Plan. CCS and its Chinese NGO partner, the Beijing-based Global Environmental Institute (GEI) have also been supporting the Guangdong Provincial DRC and CAS GIEC for the past few years on their low carbon development planning and analysis work, and were part of the inaugural CCS-GEI U.S.-China Subnational Information, Policy, and Technical Exchange Study Tour visit with CCS climate, energy, and economic planning and analysis experts and partners in the U.S. states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland in July 2010 and subsequent CCS-GEI official joint UNFCCC COP side events and information exchange meetings.

CCS is working with its partners at GEI and U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou to support continued dialogue and exchange between Oregon and Guangdong, as well as other U.S. states and Chinese provinces, to increase understanding, cooperation, and action for mutual benefit.