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newsrel -- California and Shenzhen, China, Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Fighting Climate Change

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 11:35:03
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



News Release 13-33

June 18, 2013

Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

California and Shenzhen, China, sign agreement to cooperate on
fighting climate change

Memorandum of Understanding signed at the launch of Shenzhen’s
cap and trade program — China’s first carbon trading system

SHENZHEN, CHINA – Moving to further strengthen California’s ties
with China, California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols
and Director of the Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission Xu
Anliang signed a memorandum of understanding today in Shenzhen
that will expand cooperation at the subnational level to tackle
global climate change.
The agreement builds on the significant diplomatic and business
exchanges between California and China over the past year and a
half, including the Governor’s Trade and Investment Mission to
China in April - which featured a visit to Shenzhen
http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18001 and Governor Brown’s
meetings with President Xi Jinping earlier this month
http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18086 and last February
http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17423 .

Under today’s agreement, California and Shenzhen have agreed to
work together to share policy design and early experiences from
their climate trading programs, in order to build strong, stable
and growing markets for clean energy technology and greenhouse
gas emission reductions.
Chairman Nichols was invited by the Mayor of Shenzhen to
participate in the inauguration today of China’s first Emissions
Trading System (ETS). The event, which represents an important
milestone in China’s efforts to combat climate change, included a
national conference attended by China's national leaders on
climate change, including Vice Chairman of the National
Development and Reform Commission Minister Xie Zhenhua. Leaders
of the seven provinces and cities hosting China's first ETS
pilots also attended this conference, together representing over
200 million Chinese residents.
“Congratulations to Shenzhen for taking this important step
forward today,” said Nichols at the inauguration ceremony.  “We
are pleased to work with you in the effort to combat global
climate change. The actions of states, provinces and cities are
creating a foundation that national and international action can
spring from. We are blazing the trail.“

The collaboration will focus on building effective systems for
data gathering, emissions verification, market monitoring,
compliance and enforcement. Additionally, California and Shenzhen
agree to monitor and share the best available climate and
pollution-related science and research. The goal is to use the
data to identify and evaluate additional policies, including
performance standards, and to support low-carbon economic growth
and reduce toxic air pollution.

During the Governor’s visit to Shenzhen in April, he discussed
joint action on climate change with Shenzhen Party Secretary Wang
Rong and toured Shenzhen-based electric vehicle and battery
technology company, BYD. The Governor also signed the first
agreements ever between a subnational entity and China’s
Ministries of Commerce http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17988
and Environmental Protection http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17989
during the trip. 

While in China Chairman Nichols will also meet with
representatives of the national government to discuss follow-up
actions to Governor Brown's April trip to China and his recent
meeting with President Xi. Areas of discussion will include next
steps to share information on the most successful approaches that
have been developed to control climate change and air pollution.
The speech by Mary Nichols is available at:

A Chinese translation is also available at:

The Memorandum of Understanding is available at:


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