China and the U.S., the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters, on Wednesday pledged to deepen bilateral cooperation with efforts to curb carbon emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and advance carbon storage technology.
The plan also calls for expanded cooperation on energy efficiency, greenhouse gas data collection and deployment of “smart grid” technologies for electricity.
The plans were laid out at a high-level meeting on climate Wednesday that drew an array of Cabinet-level and White House officials, signaling the Obama administration’s elevation of climate in recent months.
The secretaries of State, Energy, Treasury, Transportation and Commerce all attended the session at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, according to Todd Stern, State’s special climate envoy who briefed reporters Wednesday.
Other attendees included Gina McCarthy, who is EPA’s top air quality official and the White House nominee to run the agency, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg, and Deputy National Security Advisor Caroline Atkinson, said Stern, who also noted high-level Chinese participation.
A joint “working group,” which was announced in April, presented a plan to U.S. and Chinese officials gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the high-level U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
The working group will develop “implementation plans” on the subjects by October, the State Department said in a summary of the initiative.
The five “action initiatives” will expand on various existing, voluntary bilateral green energy and climate cooperation agreements between the two nations.
The stepped-up bilateral collaboration does not create any binding requirements or emissions targets.
It’s the latest phase of efforts to work with China to spur wider use of technologies to curb emissions of carbon and other