|U.S. and China announce historic clean energy cooperation…
China and the U.S. are the world’s largest climate polluters, together responsible for more than one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas pollution. Any serious effort to slash emissions to prevent climate catastrophe must involve significant actions by both countries.
That’s why last night’s news is a very big deal. President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced historic carbon emission cuts, building new momentum in the race to address climate change. This new cooperation is essential to achieving the deep emissions reductions that are so urgently needed.
“We’re seeing the emergence of an enormously positive new dynamic between the U.S. and China: bilateral cooperation that includes specific actions within each country,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “As we look ahead to the Paris climate talks in late 2015, this level of cooperation between the two largest emitting nations is unprecedented—and essential. But more leadership will be needed. The focus between now and the Paris meeting should be to ensure that commitments from the US, China and all countries are equal to the urgency and magnitude of the problem.”
With a staff of 17 in Beijing, EDF has worked for years in China to promote cleaner air and climate pollution limits. EDF has an agreement with the Chinese government to work on seven carbon trading pilots covering more than a billion tons of emissions. We are also working on low-carbon farming programs and have trained 25,000 Chinese environmental enforcement officers, through a partnership with Peking University and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
And, of course, here in the U.S., we are hard at work to promote carbon pollution limits on fossil fuel-fired power plants and to promote clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. And we are working to slash industrial methane pollution from our oil and gas sector.
These efforts are central to our 2015 Climate Action Plan, made possible through your generous support and ongoing commitment.
Thanks for everything you help make possible. And, as we look ahead to the busy holiday season, I hope this good news inspires you to remain committed to the cause of climate action. We need you and together we are making a huge difference.
Vice President, China Program
P.S. The most effective way to support these and other emissions-reduction success stories is by joining our monthly giving program, the EDF EcoPartners. Relationships are built over months and years, not overnight, and your regular small gifts will help us continue to build cooperative partnerships in China—and you’ll receive special quarterly reports just for EcoPartners that will keep you informed of our progress