China and U.S. Vow to Enhance Cooperation in Global Response to Climate Change

Climate talks 9.25 China and US at UN

Zhang Gaoli (2nd L), Chinese vice premier and President Xi Jinping’s special envoy, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, the United States, Sept. 23, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

Some good news coming out of the Climate talks happening at the United Nations this week. The Chinese Vice Premier, Zhang Gaoli, met with US President Barack Obama to promote bilateral cooperation in the global response to climate change.

The Chinese Vice Premier urged for more cooperation between the US and China related to energy efficiency in construction and industrial production. Energy efficiency is one of seven priority areas of cooperation in climate change highlighted in their bid to build a new model of major-country relations. Other areas for cooperation Vice Premier Zhang  mentioned were 1) reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from cars, 2) smart power grids, 3) carbon capture and storage, 4) emissions data collection and management, 5) industrial furnaces,  and 6)  forestry.

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