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  • USA en China schoon en zuinig

    - Steven Chu gaat met samen met China de nieuwste zuinige methoden voor energiegebruik onderzoeken. "The U.S. and China are two great nations, and clean energy is one of the great opportunities of our time. Working together, we can accomplish more than acting alone."

    President Obama heeft de officiële start ervan aangekondigd tijdens zijn staatsbezoek in Beijing.

    De argumentatie daarvoor vanuit de Amerikaanse regering luidt als volgt: 'The clean energy sectors in both countries are growing rapidly. The initial priorities of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center reflect important areas of opportunity for both countries. In the United States, for example, more than three-quarters of electricity generated is used to operate buildings. In China, if present trends continue, floor space equal to the entire U.S, building stock will be built in the next 20 years.

    Both countries have large domestic coal reserves and use coal to generate the majority of their electricity (roughly 50% in the US and 80% in China). The two countries are also the world's largest automobile markets and oil consumers, both importing more than half the oil they consume. Development and deployment of clean energy technologies will play a central role in helping both countries meet energy and climate challenges in the years ahead.

    The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center will facilitate joint research and development of clean energy technologies by teams of scientists and engineers from the United States and China, as well as serve as a clearinghouse to help researchers in each country.'