WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – This week, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency hosted an event celebrating the vital work of the U.S. private sector in combatting global climate change. The event included opening remarks from the two co-chairs of the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group, China Special Representative for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz gave keynote remarks underscoring the substantial bilateral work being done by both governments and business following the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change.
USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak then moderated an industry panel highlighting four U.S. companies that are using innovative technologies to combat the effects of climate change in both the U.S. and China. Representatives from Honeywell, the Summit Group, OSIsoft and Wanxiang America Group discussed ways in which their companies are working to reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), promote smart grids, create zero-emission buses, and develop carbon, capture, utilization & storage (CCUS) technologies.
Following the event, USTDA Director Zak participated in meetings associated with the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Director Zak announced several new activities that promote public-private collaboration to combat climate change, including an initiative to reduce emissions from seaports in China and an effort to demonstrate big data technologies for smarter grids and greater integration of renewable energy. USTDA also announced eight workshops and two study tours that will focus on electric vehicles, promoting environmental protection technologies for shale gas and reducing nitrogen oxide from gas-fired boilers.
For more information, the S&ED U.S.-China Climate Change Fact Sheet is located here, and a video celebrating U.S.-China collaboration in combatting climate change, including much of USTDA’s work, can be viewed below: