The United States and China has announced six new EcoPartnerships at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. The State Department-sponsored EcoPartnerships program brings together experts and innovators from U.S. and Chinese cities, companies, universities, and NGOs to work together, exchange best practices, and find solutions to challenges related to environmental protection, clean energy, and climate change.
Since its inception in 2008, the program has facilitated 30 partnerships that serve as models for the tangible results that can be achieved through sub-national cooperation.
The six new EcoPartnerships are:
Boeing and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China will work together to demonstrate how to fuel aircraft with waste oil and enhance operating practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Columbia University and Baotou Steel Group will capture iron and steel slag waste and recycle it for use in other industrial processes, preventing dangerous emissions. The University of Kentucky and Jiangsu Wisdom Engineering and Technology Company will work to reduce air pollution and sequester CO2 through more cost-effective methods in energy intensive industries.
Ramboll Environ, IMACC and the Suzhou State Environmental Protection Hi-tech Industrial Park Development Company will continuously monitor air pollution near chemical industrial parks and publish the data to help protect vulnerable populations. Sea Turtles 911 and Hainan Normal University will track sea turtle migration, help restore habitats, and foster community involvement in sea turtle protection.
Wilson Solarpower and the Shenzhen Enesoon Science & Technology Company will pilot an innovative solar thermal power collector to demonstrate performance and cost improvements over traditional technologies.
EcoPartnerships encourage environmental action at the sub-national level, mobilizing private sector investment and leveraging capital to pursue joint projects. The program relies on strong cooperation between a Secretariat of subject matter experts, offering technical support on behalf of the U.S. and Chinese governments, and the self-financed U.S. and Chinese EcoPartners. Each dollar of U.S. government investment is magnified through the efforts of the partners.
The value of the EcoPartnerships program is the peer-to-peer collaboration at the partner level between U.S. and Chinese entities. EcoPartners pilot their concepts within three years and share key findings with peers who can replicate and build upon their successes.