The Center for Climate Strategies Applauds US China Climate Agreement, Low Carbon Development Progress and Opportunities

The Center for Climate Strategies Applauds US China Climate Agreement, Low Carbon Development Progress and Opportunities

The Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) applauds the new climate change agreement between the US and China. Subnational Low Carbon Development (LCD) initiatives in both nations – including states, provinces, and cities – provided a major impetus by forging local solutions with the potential to achieve national economic, energy, and environmental goals.

Tom Peterson, President and CEO of CCS noted: “Both countries recognize that it is in their best interest to succeed on tackling climate change. They took one big step toward helping each other today by solidifying past progress and paving the way for a new generation of mutually beneficial actions.”

The new climate agreement provides a framework to expand existing and enhanced actions in both countries while providing policy incentives for new technology and investment in clean energy, resource efficiency, and transportation improvements. In the process, it provides a global template for bilateral cooperative action.

Since 2009, the CCS US-China Low Carbon Development Program has coalesced Chinese LCD partners including the Global Environment Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences/Institute for Policy Management, Chinese Academy of Governance, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and provincial Development and Reform Commissions, and provincial technical institutes. During this time, CCS fostered state to province exchange activities with California, New York, and Oregon for capacity building, policy building, trade and investment.

In 2011, the CCS China LCD program was awarded an EcoPartnership by the US State Department and NDRC. Since then, CCS and its partners completed development of the Chinese Low Carbon Development Planning and Analysis Toolkit for development of baselines and best practices in all sectors to meet China’s 12th Five Year Plan goals. The Toolkit was piloted Chongqing and Guangdong, and recognized in April 2014 by the NDRC for official use in future planning and analysis in China’s cities and provinces.

Today, with support by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Blue Moon Fund, and Oak Foundation, and other donors, CCS and China partners are supporting training, capacity building, and LCD startup planning in 30 provinces and cities over the next three years. These new initiatives will be instrumental in supporting goals of the new US China Climate Agreement.