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Expansion of U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program


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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 19, 2011

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The United States and China expanded the U.S.-China EcoPartnership program with the admission of two more EcoPartnerships this week. The two new partnerships will be formed between Case Western Reserve University and the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation, and between the State of North Carolina, the City of Charlotte, and Duke Energy and Hebei Province, the City of Langfang, and ENN/Xin’ao Group.

The City of Charlotte, the State of North Carolina, and Duke Energy will form a three-tiered EcoPartnership with the City of Langfang, Hebei Province, and ENN/Xin’ao Group to exchange policy best practices (e.g., renewable portfolio standards), carry out joint demonstration projects (e.g., residential building efficiency demonstrations), and conduct trials for innovative clean energy technologies (e.g., exploring more effective ways to deploy smart meters). This EcoPartnership will strengthen ties between these two regions, reduce greenhouse gases, and create green jobs.

Case Western Reserve University will form an EcoPartnership with the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation to research new energy efficiency techniques and new methods of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. This EcoPartnership will use each Partner’s unique strengths to develop new research, new technologies, and new green jobs.

The United States and China signed the Framework for EcoPartnerships Under the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment ("EcoPartnerships Framework") in Beijing in December 2008. The EcoPartnership Framework is aimed at developing new models of mutually beneficial voluntary arrangements between a range of state, local, and private sector organizations, to promote energy security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability in both countries. Previous EcoPartnerships have worked to protect the environment, develop new clean energy technologies, and share innovative techniques to make both nations more energy efficient.

In May 2010, at the second U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, the United States and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Implementation of the Framework for EcoPartnerships (the EcoPartnerships Implementation Plan). This Implementation Plan establishes key policies and procedures of the EcoPartnerships program, including the management framework, selection standards and procedures for new EcoPartnerships.

For more information on EcoPartnerships, visit: http://www.ecopartnerships.gov/.

For information on how to become an EcoPartner, visit: http://www.ecopartnerships.gov/partner/



PRN: 2011/076



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