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SYDNEY, Australia, March 27, 2013 (ENS) - Australia and China are working in concert to develop their individual carbon trading markets as a first step towards a broader Asia-Pacific carbon market, officials from both countries announced today.
The announcement came at the Australia-China Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Change in Sydney, led by Greg Combet, the Australian minister for climate change, industry and innovation, and Xie Zhenhua, the vice chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission.
China is the world's largest carbon emitter while Australia is the world's highest per-capita carbon emitter among developed nations. The two countries are cooperating in an attempt to limit emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide that arise from the burning of coal, oil and gas."
"SYDNEY, March 26 (Xinhua) -- As the world watches China take the lead on a national carbon-pricing scheme, experts from Australia's prestigious University of New South Wales (UNSW) will begin work with leading Chinese universities in a landmark collaboration to be announced in Sydney this week.
The collaboration will be announced at the Australia China Climate Change Forum at UNSW on March 27. It will be attended by senior Australian government officials and their Chinese counterparts.
The forum will unite policy and technical experts in emissions reduction as well as representatives of major industries and businesses from both sides of a growing sphere of Sino-Australian cooperation."
"Professor C.S. Kiang is currently the chairman of the Sustainable Development Technology Foundation, a non-profit foundation in China searching for solutions to the dual challenge of climate change and economic crisis."
"Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: FICCI today released a Policy Recommendation Report, under the UK India Business Leaders Climate Group (UKIBLCG).The UKIBLCG, launched in February 2010 under the patronage of Mr David Cameron, then Leader of the Opposition, is a business-led initiative to provide recommendations to the governments of UK and India for accelerating collaborative, climate friendly economic growth and finding pro-business, pro-growth solutions to combat climate change. The UKIBLCG proposes to work on shared interest areas for businesses in the UK and India. In order to take this collaboration forward, the group developed a Charter of Principles that was launched in November 2010 in London. There are several areas of potential collaboration between UK and India in which the private sector-led UKIBLCG could work together and promote as a low carbon agenda in phase 2 of the UKIBLCG initiative."
"The University is among six U.S. universities chosen to participate in the Solar Decathlon China 2013. During this year-long competition, student participants will be educated on using renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in buildings."
"BEIJING - BEIJING (AP) - China's government has ruled that U.S. government support to six American solar and wind power projects violates free trade rules, adding to strains between Beijing and its trading partners over renewable energy."
"Faculty at the USC Price School of Public Policy hosted a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG), a training center for mid- to high-level civil servants in China, to share research on how to develop technically feasible, politically viable and cost-effective climate strategies."
Meanwhile, the same workshop saw the launch of the Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) database, a global one-stop shop for buildings energy efficiency policies. Through BEEP, policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders will have access to policies being implemented, including on: building energy codes, building energy labels, and incentives schemes for capacity building, technical assistance and raising awareness. So far, the database includes information from all IEA member countries as well as China, India, Tunisia, South Africa and Russia. All countries are welcome to submit information on their buildings energy efficiency policies to be included in the database.