Positive outlook for energy efficiency cooperation between China, U.S.: officials

07:52, May 27, 2010      

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Future cooperation in energy efficiency between China and the United States looks promising, Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said Wednesday.

China has been working hard to improve its energy efficiency while the United States has good energy-saving technologies and experiences, which means the two countries could complement each other, Zhang said at the first Sino-U.S. Energy Efficiency Forum in Beijing.

Strengthened Sino-U.S. cooperation in energy and environment is needed to ensure energy security, cope with climate change and promote sustainable development, Zhang said.

Improving energy efficiency could not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also boost economic growth, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a videotaped message to the forum.

He stressed the potential of energy efficiency cooperation in the building sector because China will enormously increase the housing supply in the next 20 years.

Advanced technologies could help the building sector reduce energy consumption while ensuring the quality of living.

The forum focused on the two countries' energy policies, measures and accomplishments, attracting about 200 representatives from the two countries' governmental departments, research institutes and enterprises.

The forum was in line with a ten-year energy and environment cooperation framework signed in Washington in June 2008 by the Chinese and U.S. governments.



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