Bilateral talks this week between the two superpowers have pinpointed three areas of collaboration for the newly established U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Those are efficient buildings, clean vehicles, and so-called clean coal.
Work plans for each topic lay out the 5 years of the partnership. Some of the work will involve working independently toward common goals, but there are also plans to have scientists from both nations work closely together. "Both the United States and China recognize that we can make more progress by working together than by working alone," Energy Secretary Steve Chu said this week in an op-ed.
Energy efficiency work, for example, will be led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Mark Levine and Liang Junqiang of the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. It will include case studies and statistical data collection allowing scientists to compare the two countries' building energy consumption.