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Report of the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group to the 6th Round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue
  China, US

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) submits this report to the Special Representatives of the Leaders of the United States and China for the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED).

Given the latest scientific understanding of accelerating climate change and the urgent need to intensify global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, forceful, nationally appropriate action by the United States and China – including large-scale cooperative action – is more critical than ever.

To meet this need, the two countries established the CCWG on April 13, 2013. In July 2013, the CCWG launched an enhanced policy dialogue and five action initiatives: Emission Reductions from Heavy-Duty and Other Vehicles; Smart Grids; Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage; Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry; and Collecting and Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data. These initiatives address some of the key drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in both countries and will produce significant co-benefits, including cleaner air and energy savings and water recovery. During Secretary Kerry’s visit to Beijing in February 2014, the United States and China agreed on implementation plans for all five initiatives.

This report outlines progress made on the five initiatives and in the enhanced policy dialogue, as well as collaboration on hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs), and highlights new and possible areas of cooperation. (US Department of State)

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