EcoPartnerships promote a wide range of collaborative activities in the public and private sectors, at the sub-national level. As the EcoPartnerships program expands, it will encourage U.S. and Chinese governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to share best practices, foster innovation, and further sustainable economic development.
EcoPartnerships contribute to the goals of the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment. Specifically, EcoPartnerships are intended to contribute to one or more action plans under the Framework. Those action plans include the following:
Clean Air: This plan includes U.S.-China collaboration on sulfur dioxide emission trading in the power industry, control of vehicle emissions, regional air quality management, control of nitrogen oxide emissions, and control of ozone and particulates.
Clean and Efficient Transportation: This plan involves collaboration on developing non-petroleum alternative fuels including biofuels, promoting energy conservation and emission reduction in civil aviation, improving traffic management and policies, transportation infrastructure, and planning, as well as achieving efficient and sustainable transportation development.
Clean, Efficient, and Secure Electricity: This plan facilitates bilateral cooperation on electricity generation and transmission with an emphasis upon diversification. Additional collaboration may include renewable and alternative sources of clean energy, cleaner fossil fuel, power grid and the electricity market, and nuclear power.
Clean Water: This plan encourages collaboration on water quality management, safe drinking water, and prevention and control of pollution from agriculture and rural areas.
Energy Efficiency: This plan furthers cooperation in the fields of energy auditing, public financing mechanisms, and energy efficiency in building technologies.
Protected Areas/Nature Reserves: This plan promotes best practices for enhancing nature reserve management, improving habitat conservation, management and restoration of protected areas, strengthened scientific collaboration, and conservation of endangered species.
Wetlands Conservation: This plan fosters collaboration on best practices in wetland policy, monitoring, management, and scientific research, and helps build the capacity of each country to protect these crucial areas are providing opportunities to test and demonstrate the policies, technologies, and new approaches at sub-national levels. Many EcoPartnerships will facilitate policy, technical, and commercial innovations, which may include the development, commercialization and deployment of energy and environmental technologies and best practices.
For more information about the Ten Year Framework’s Action Plans and the EcoPartnership program, please visit the following websites: China's website
U.S.-China Action Plans:
-Clean Water Action Plan
-Clean and Efficient Transportation Action Plan
-Nature Reserves and Protected Areas
-Energy Efficiency Action Plan
-Clean, Efficient, and Secure Electricity Production and Transmission Action Plan
-Clean Air Action Plan