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Asia-Pacific Partnership On Clean Development And Climate: Driven By Results


Fact Sheet
Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Washington, DC
January 20, 2009

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The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) engages the governments and private sectors of Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United States in an innovative effort that will promote investment in clean technologies, goods, and services. It will also accelerate the sharing of energy-efficient best practices and identify policy barriers to the diffusion of clean energy technology. The Partners have come together voluntarily to advance clean development and climate objectives, recognizing that development and poverty eradication are urgent and overriding international goals.

FROM IMPLEMENTATION TO ACTION

Upon its launch in 2006, the Partnership’s eight task forces created action plans that leverage the expertise of public and private entities in major energy-intensive sectors in the Partner economies. Since then, Partners have convened regularly both to implement action plan projects and to monitor progress on a multi-sector program designed to promote the development and deployment of clean energy technologies among member nations. To date, the APP has endorsed a total of 156 projects that are already achieving concrete results as they directly address the sector-specific goals identified by the Task Forces.

EXAMPLES OF SUCCESS

Assessments Support Dramatic Efficiency Improvements in Indian Power Plants

APP Power Generation and Transmission Task Force-provided technical support, including assessment, training, and diagnostic equipment, to two large Indian power plants, Kolaghat in West Bengal and Ropar in Punjab, will result in 4 percent boiler efficiency improvement at both 210 MW plants and ultimately achieve 10-15 percent reduction in total CO2 emissions if implemented in full.

U.S. APP Participant Converts Coke Oven Gas to Clean Heat and Power in China

U.S. APP participant Solar Turbines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has placed 15MWe of clean energy technology for the coking industry in China. By using Solar Industrial gas turbines, one customer, Shandong Jinneng Coal Gasification Company, is reducing their CO2 emissions by 40,000 tons per year.

U.S. FUNDING

Since the beginning off the Partnership, the United States has provided approximately $65 million to the implementation of the Partnership, part of overall announced APP commitments of approximately $200 million from various Partner countries. U.S. APP funding is essentially sed capital that has already resulted in committed cost-share funds of $44 million for selected projects, and is expected to leverage more than $480 million in additional downstream funding through ancillary funding and financing from concessional and commercial banks.



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