Last week a distinguished delegation of city officials and representatives of private industry from San Francisco traveled to Beijing for the 3rd Annual US-China Energy Efficiency Forum.
While in Beijing, the City of San Francisco signed an MOU between San Francisco and the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission’s (NDRC) National Energy Conservation Center (NECC), which focused on sustainable development and energy efficiency. US Ambassador Gary Locke, NDRC Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua, and US Department of Energy Acting Under-Secretary David Sandalow also joined the MOU signing ceremony.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee stated that he hoped the MOU would lead to increased cross-border economic development opportunities in the realm of energy efficiency, a task that could be facilitated by the support of the government by way of the NDRC in China.
In a statement released by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, NECC Director General Li Yangzhe stated: “We believe this historic MOU provides a unique opportunity for Chinese cities to learn from San Francisco and to more generally deepen ties between our two nations.”
The US–China Framework for the Ten-Year Cooperation on Energy and Environment, unveiled in 2009 by President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao originally initiated the first US-China Energy Efficiency Forum.
This year’s forum and preparation for the MOU signing in Beijing was supported by ChinaSF, housed in the San Francisco Center for Economic Development. ChinaSF is a public-private partnership with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and San Francisco and works closely with the City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD).
The Alliance is pleased to see the ongoing development of US-China cooperation on clean energy and efficiency, particularly in light of the need for increased environmental protection and economic development on both sides of the Pacific.