California-Guangdong MOU on Low Carbon Development (Full English text with Chinese translation attached)

California-Guangdong MOU on Low Carbon Development (Full English text with Chinese translation attached)

Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation on Low Carbon Development between the Government of Guangdong Province of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the State of California of the United States of America

To enhance cooperation in the area of low carbon development and based on the Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy and Environment between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the United States of America signed in July 2009, the Government of Guangdong Province and the Government of the State of California (hereafter referred to as “the Participants”) have reached the following understandings:

1. Purpose
This purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to support efforts between the Parties to help each achieve its low carbon development goals. This MOU establishes a fundamental framework for the Participants to carry out pragmatic exchange and cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual benefits and is not intended to give rise to legal binding rights or obligations.

2. Areas of Cooperation
Areas of cooperation between the Participants include, but are not limited to:

1) Formulating low carbon economic development plans;

2) Increasing energy conservation and energy efficiency;

3) Expanding clean, renewable energy;

4) Enabling low carbon, sustainable transportation;

5) Constructing low carbon, green buildings;

6) Promoting low carbon, sustainable agriculture, forestry, and waste handling;

7) Advancing research and development of promising new low carbon technologies;

8) Developing market-based mechanisms, such as carbon trading system;

9) Financing strategies for low carbon development efforts;

10) Trade and investment in low carbon technologies.

3. Forms of Cooperation
The Participants can use the following forms of cooperation: 

1) Exchange of relevant experience and lessons learned;

2) Exchange and visits between the Participants’ relevant personnel;

3) Joint research and technology development;

4) Co-organization of relevant seminars, workshops, exhibitions and trainings;

5) Shared investments in low carbon development opportunities;

6) Other forms of collaboration as agreed upon by the Participants.

4. Cooperation Mechanism

1) The Participants have decided to establish a Working Group for Enhancing Cooperation on Low Carbon Development between Guangdong and California in order to strengthen liaison and communication and negotiate specifics of cooperation on a regular basis. The Working Group from Guangdong is composed of the Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Guangdong Provincial Economic and Information Commission, Guangdong Provincial Science and Technology Department, Guangdong Provincial Finance Department, Guangdong Provincial Housing and Urban-Rural Development Department, Guangdong Provincial Transportation Department and Guangdong Provincial Foreign Affairs Office. The Working Group from California is composed of the California Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission.

2) The Government of Guangdong Province and the Government of the State of California respectively designate the Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission and the California Environmental Protection Agency as the Executive Agencies responsible for coordinating the implementation of relevant cooperation activities between Guangdong and California.

3) During the period of validity of this MOU, the Executive Agencies shall report on the progress of cooperation to the Governor of Guangdong Province and the Governor of the State of California once a year and improve the cooperation plans based on their suggestions.

4) As appropriate, the Parties will utilize third party organizations that are agreed upon by both parties to assist with the implementation of this MOU. These third party organizations, under the direction of the Parties, will help to coordinate   information exchange, activities, travel delegations and collaboration between the Participants. These organizations will also explore funding sources to enable travel and other forms of collaboration between the Participants.

5) All activities carried out based on the MOU must abide by the Participants’ respective laws, rules and regulations and should be decided by funds, people and other resources available. Data and other information related to China and Guangdong Province’s greenhouse gas emissions cannot be shared.

5. Supplementary provisions

1) The Participants have decided that any disagreement arising from the implementation of this MOU be settled over amicable discussion.

2) This MOU is valid for two years upon the date of signature. The MOU may be extended and modified with the mutual consent of the Participants.

3) This MOU may be terminated by either party with a written statement to the other. After the termination of the MOU, the Participants must take necessary measures to conclude the ongoing activities in a swift and appropriate manner.

4) Based on amicable negotiation by the Participants, cooperation items for the near term will be listed in attachments and specific cooperation is not limited to the listed items.

5) This MOU is signed in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, on April 15, 2013. This MOU shall be provided in two copies in both English and Chinese. Each party holds one copy and the two copies are equally authentic.

 

Authorized Representative from the Government of Guangdong Province
Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission
Director-General, Li Chunhong
April 15, 2013

Authorized Representative from the Government of the State of California
California Environmental Protection Agency
Secretary, Matthew Rodriquez
April 15, 2013

 

 

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