UK and China to work together to strengthen low carbon growth

UK and China have agreed to work together on low carbon growth.

The Memorandum of Understanding will develop a new partnerships scheme for promoting low-carbon growth at provincial and city level in China.

The UK China Low Carbon Co-operation (LCC) will strengthen the exchange of practical policy knowhow and expertise between the UK and China’s Low Carbon Pilot Provinces and Municipalities on three principal themes.

Theses are low-carbon planning, use of market mechanisms, including emissions accounting and trading, and wider low carbon policy frameworks and analysis to encourage low-carbon development and energy efficiency, and lastly, low carbon standards, low-carbon labelling and procurement to bring about low carbon consumption.

The UK-China LCC will focus initially on co-operation between the UK and the low carbon pilots in China of Chongqing, Guangdong and Hubei, which have a combined population of 180 million.

Both countries will work towards establishing a UK-China Low Carbon Co-operation Committee and Action Plan in Spring 2011.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: "Making green growth a reality for both countries will be crucial for prosperity, the environment and for our energy security."

Further information:
Department of Energy and Climate Change

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