Beijing, China - Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Strategic & Economic Dialogue counterpart State Councilor Yang Jiechi welcomed six new U.S.-China partners into the flagship EcoPartnerships Program during a signing ceremony in Beijing, China. Counselor to the President John Podesta, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel, Acting Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science Judith Garber, and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus also participated.
With the admission of this cohort, there are now 24 EcoPartnerships in the program.
The EcoPartnerships Program promotes cooperation between U.S. and Chinese sub-national actors who work on clean energy, climate change, and environmental protection, to help address some of the biggest challenges facing our two countries. The six new EcoPartnerships admitted to the program today were chosen from among a record number of applications, and include private sector actors, academia, non-governmental organizations, and city governments. Their cooperation will focus on issues relating to biofuels, battery storage and other clean technologies, emissions trading, seaport air quality, high performance gas turbines, and low-carbon city tools.
As Secretary Kerry noted in his remarks at the signing ceremony, the EcoPartnerships Program shows that “tackling climate change and leading the way to a clean energy future can be a ‘win, win, win’ – a win for America, a win for China, and a win for the world,” and we are pleased to welcome the following organizations to the program in 2014:
- Sapphire Energy and Sinopec
- Environmental Defense Fund and Shenzhen Low-Carbon Development Fund
- General Electric Company and Harbin Electric
- Port of Los Angeles and the Shanghai Municipal Transport Authority
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Shandong Province
- City Partnership of Greater Philadelphia and Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area
For additional information regarding EcoPartnerships, visit www.ecopartnerships.gov.