Common Challenge, Collaborative Response: A Roadmap for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change

The Initiative for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate, a partnership between the Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, aims to catalyze U.S.-China cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from energy use. The first report of the Initiative, Common Challenge, Collaborative Response: A Roadmap for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change, presents both a vision and a concrete roadmap for this new collaboration.

With input from scores of experts, stakeholders, and policymakers from the sciences, business, civil society, and politics in China and the U.S., this January 2009 report explicates both a rationale and an outline for beginning a more comprehensive program of U.S.-China collaboration on energy and climate change. It calls for initial engagement at a presidential summit, but also outlines some of the critical project areas that should be jointly explored through practical collaboration by government officials as well as the private sector. These priority areas include:

  • Deploying low-emissions coal technologies
  • Improving energy efficiency and conservation
  • Developing an advanced electric grid
  • Promoting renewable energy
  • Quantifying emissions and financing low-carbon technologies

The co-chairs for the report project were Steven Chu, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Berkeley (until nominated by President-Elect Obama to be Secretary of Energy) and John Thornton, Chairman, The Brookings Institution; Professor, Tsinghua University; and Board Member, Asia Society.