UK and China strengthen relationship on advancing low carbon development
The UK and China have pledged to continue co-operation to promote low-carbon development and energy efficiency technologies.
A joint statement, signed by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker and the Governor of Guangdong (People’s Republic of China), Zhu Xiaodan, will see a “deepened co-operation” between the UK and China in researching low-carbon technologies, developing clean energy and co-operating on green, low-carbon architecture.
The agreement will also help the two nations promote clean and energy efficient manufacturing and building capacity in low carbon policy making and implementation.
Barker said: “The coalition is determined to broaden and deepen our relationship with China, especially in relation to combating dangerous climate change and realising the huge commercial opportunities in the fast growing low carbon goods and services sector. International partnership is essential to both.
“This joint statement signals a commitment made by Guangdong Province and the UK to work together to develop a green, clean world for future generations,” he added.
Prior to the agreement, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, met with a range of China’s top decision makers to discuss ways of working together to transform the economies of both countries so that they are low carbon and environmentally sustainable.
An agreement has also been signed between the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre and partners in Guangdong to establish a joint UK/Guangdong Carbon Capture and Storage Centre network.
The aim of the network is to promote joint research and development, provide advice for governments and develop ways to exchange knowledge between the participating parties.
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