CCS to Help Implement New California-Guangdong Agreement on Low Carbon Development and Clean Technology
Monday, April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013 (Guangzhou, China) – After more than a year of preparatory work, the industrial powerhouse of Guangdong Province and the State of California launched a new climate change partnership to share tools and strategies for policy, trade, and investment in low carbon programs and technologies that boost economic growth and cut energy use.
A ceremony and high-level dialogue with government and business leaders was held today to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding between the most populous and economically powerful sub-national jurisdiction in each nation, putting the work on the fast track.
This new agreement advances the design and implementation of low-carbon development policies, assessment of their economic performance, expanded capacity in planning and implementation, monitoring of outcomes that will reduce carbon and other pollution threats, and creation of new jobs and markets in both countries.
California and Guangdong are leaders on environmental and energy actions in their nations, including carbon reduction and sustainable economic and energy growth. Through the new cooperative mechanism, the two leaders will help reduce barriers to national and global policies, markets, and agreements in these areas. This partnership offers a model of cooperation for other states, provinces, and nations seeking immediate benefits of low carbon development.
“This work will help enable China -- through its provinces and cities -- to achieve economic growth and carbon and energy intensity reduction targets for its 12th Five Year Plan,” said Thomas Peterson, President and CEO of the Center of Climate Strategies. “It also helps California and the United States expand opportunities for clean markets and energy sources that create jobs and reduce local vulnerability to climate change risks.”
The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is a public purpose, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) partnership organization that has been working with its Chinese NGO partner, the Global Environmental Institute (GEI), to support this new California-Guangdong partnership. The U.S. Department of State and Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) officially recognized the multi-year cooperation between CCS and GEI as an EcoPartnership under the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework (TYF) for Cooperation on Energy and Environment during the third joint meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. in May 2011.
CCS has been working in China with GEI and national and subnational government agencies and institutes, especially in Guangdong and Chongqing, to support low carbon development planning and exchange with U.S. state and federal government agencies, experts, and stakeholders. We are honored have worked with our partners in the U.S. and China to help formulate and implement this agreement, and the opportunity to share more details and insights from this trip and new partnership when our team comes back from China.