Asia Society | Initiative for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate


China, Law, and Copenhagen

Monday, November 9, 2009, 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Breakfast and Discussion at Asia Society
725 Park Avenue in New York

When President Barack Obama sets foot in China as the American President on November 15, only three weeks will remain before the start of negotiations in Copenhagen.

On the morning of November 9 at Asia Society, Chinese legal expert Professor Jerome Cohen of New York University Law School brings together a panel of leading experts on U.S.-China climate policy to discuss the run-up to Copenhagen and the current state of U.S.-China environmental relations. Barbara Finamore, Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) China Program, will detail existing on-the-ground cooperative projects. Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, will explain the forces keeping the U.S. and China apart and how they might be overcome. Alex Wang, Director of the NRDC’s China Environmental Law Project, will cover environmental governance and transparency issues.

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Senator Feinstein and A Roadmap for U.S.-China Collaboration on Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 9:30am – 10:45am

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Minister Xie Feng, Deputy Chief of Mission, the Embassy of the PRC, Washington, DC
Vishakha N. Desai, President and CEO, Asia Society
Scott Daniels, Senior Partner, The Monitor Group
S. Julio Friedmann, Carbon Management Program Leader, Energy & Environmental Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations
Julian L. Wong, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Andrew Light, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund

If you are a member of the press, please email Suzi Emmerling at [email protected]

The Center for American Progress and Asia Society Center for U.S.-China Relations, together with its partners Monitor Group and Dr. S. Julio Friedmann of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will release a new report, “A Roadmap for U.S.-China Collaboration on Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS).” “The Roadmap” provides a framework for long-term bilateral cooperation in the development and deployment of CCS technologies, the job creation opportunities and consumer savings for a cooperative pathway over the United States and China separately developing these technologies.

Clean energy and climate change has been elevated to the top of the diplomatic agenda between the United States and China, which together account for almost half of the world’s annual carbon emissions. Collaboration between both countries in developing low-carbon solutions is critical to avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences of global warming.

Since both the United States and China rely heavily on coal as an energy source, addressing emissions from coal combustion has to be part of a portfolio approach to tackling climate change. CCS is a process that separates and captures carbon dioxide from large point sources such as coal power plants, and stores it away from the atmosphere by underground sequestration, among other means. Cooperative efforts between the United States and China that advance the long-term research, development, and deployment of commercial CCS could produce tremendous benefits for both nations, including job growth and lower electricity costs for Americans.

Space is extremely limited. RSVP required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.

Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 562 Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
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Asia Society | Initiative for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate