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During the Obama administration, the United States and China have become vital partners in climate negotiations during two critical meetings in November 2014 and September 2015. They continued the cooperation started with the Kyoto Protocol signing the Paris Agreement, strengthened it in areas such as carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS), and methane capture, and built a relationship from high-level policy to joint technology development.

This joint interest has led to the major initiative Clean Energy Research Centers (CERC) which were supposed to be focused on building efficiency, clean vehicles and advanced coal technologies, promoted clean energy innovation through joint research projects, and introduced new products on the market so as to reduce 275 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2025.

Moreover, the two partners agreed on a Joint announcement in November 2014, which included the Clean Power Plan so as to establish common emissions controls and efficiency measures, and the Joint statement in September 2015, which included the launch of a Chinese cap and a trade program for green finance.

Nowadays this legacy may be endangered by President-elect Trump’s rejectionist administration who called climate change a “Chinese hoax”; the Chinese are critical of this position and it is becoming clear that the US may be the player that needs to be pushed in the international process. Not only is climate change no Chinese hoax, but China’s seriousness may be the world’s best hope.


The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Monday, 14 November 2016

(Source: ChinaDialogue)