US Secretary of State John Kerry Highlights Center for Climate Strategies Low Carbon Development Work in China

US Secretary of State John Kerry Highlights Center for Climate Strategies Low Carbon Development Work in China

On July 10, US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the EcoPartnerships Signing Ceremony during the 6th Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held in Beijing, China about the importance of bilateral subnational cooperation between the US and China on climate change. In his speech, Secretary Kerry emphasized the significance of collaborative, local efforts in developing and implementing climate change policies that achieve sustainable economic growth and energy, using the EcoPartnership between the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) and the Global Environmental Institute (GEI) in China as an example of successful subnational climate initiatives:

"The Center for Climate Strategies in the United States has been working very closely with the Global Environmental Institute in China in order to develop ideas for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And the Center has already worked with 36 states in the United States on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it is transferring these best practices to Chinese provinces. It is doing so directly. In the next three years, the partnership will develop 30 low-carbon plans across China. And that is exactly how we are going to make the most progress in this fight."

To read Secretary Kerry's full remarks, please visit the 
State Department website.

Since 2010, CCS has collaborated with Chinese partners to build climate action planning and analysis capacities in China. Thus far, the partnership has led to the development of the Chinese Low Carbon Development (LCD) Planning and Analysis System and Toolkit for energy and emissions baselines and policy analysis, training and capacity building at the national, provincial, and municipal levels for LCD plan development and implementation, the Chongqing Pilot, and follow-up activities to facilitate technical and policy exchange between counterpart US states and Chinese provinces, including California and Guangdong. The next stages of the partnership include scale-up capacity building and application to 30 provinces and cities by 2016, an increased emphasis on air and water quality, and development of additional state and provincial exchange programs and cooperative mechanisms.

Earlier in the week, CCS participated in the US-China EcoPartnerships Workshop held in Beijing. During the "Facilitating Development on Ecofriendly, Low-Carbon and Clean Energy" discussion, CCS and GEI presented progress and plans for their LCD program, discussing the National and Chongqing Development and Reform Commissions’ support for their Chongqing pilot of the LCD system and beginning of formal training and capacity building through the Chinese Academy of Governance platform. They emphasized their use of both formal and informal partners in order to efficiently leverage the various strengths and resources of the partners as key to the program's success in developing, piloting, and scaling up their LCD Toolkit and subnational exchange work. Alan Yu, the Director of Policy and Public Outreach in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the US State Department, moderated the panel. For more information, please visit CCS' China Program page.  

The US-China S&ED expanded from the previous Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) between the two countries in 2009 as a high-level forum to discuss a wide range of topics between both countries, including the promotion of economic growth, energy security, and environmental sustainability. The EcoPartnership Program was established under the US-China Ten Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment signed in 2008 to promote further collaboration at the subnational level, as well as between the private and public sectors, between both countries.