|July 25, 2003|
July 25, 2003
Senior officials from New Zealand and the United States met in Wellington today to consolidate cooperation under the bilateral climate change partnership. Through this initiative, the U.S. and New Zealand have committed to enhanced bilateral dialogue and practical cooperation on climate change.
The U.S. delegation to New Zealand was led by Dr. Harlan Watson, Senior Climate Negotiator and Special Representative of the Department of State. Dr. Watson headed a delegation including representatives from the Departments of Commerce (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Energy and State, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), the National Science Foundation, and the Consortium for Agricultural Soils Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases (CASMGS), a consortium of nine U.S. universities and a national laboratory assembled to investigate agricultural soils to mitigate greenhouse gases.
During his visit to New Zealand, Dr Watson met with the Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change, Hon. Pete Hodgson. He also met with a range of senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Climate Change Office, the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Treasury, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), as well as climate change scientists from a number of agencies, including the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Landcare Research, CRL Energy Ltd, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington and Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences.
The exchanges underscored the significant amount of cooperation, which already exists between the U.S. and New Zealand in the area of climate change research.
A number of new projects were initiated under the partnership in the following nine areas: climate change science; technology development; greenhouse gas accounting in forestry and agriculture; engagement with business; cooperation with developing countries; climate change research in Antarctica; and public education initiatives. The two sides also discussed a number of policy issues including process and product standards to achieve common best practice benchmarks for appliances, vehicles and industry processes, as well as the development of emissions registries. Specific projects included under the partnership are identified in an annex to this statement.
United States and New Zealand bilateral climate change partnership: list of current collaborative projects
Climate Change Science
Proposed Flask Sampling from a Ship Plying the Western Pacific
Stratospheric Water Profiles
Dobson Spectrophotometer Measurements of Stratospheric Ozone
Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC)
Distributed Energy Systems
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Feasibility Study
Assessment of geological CO2 sequestration and storage in low rank coal seams
Emissions Registries and Voluntary Programs
Sharing information and lessons from emissions registries and voluntary programmes
Greenhouse Gas Accounting in Forestry and Agriculture
Quantifying land-use and management effects on carbon storage in the United States and New Zealand
Carbon accounting and land management
Nitrous oxide emissions: measurement and modelling
Greenhouse gas emission measurement for mitigation assessment of cropland and grazing land
Improving agricultural non-CO2 GHG emission estimates and identifying mitigation options
Engaging with Business
Engaging with and informing enterprises about practices and technologies to address greenhouse gas emissions
Sharing information on business initiatives and opportunities
Developing Country Assistance
Improved climate monitoring systems for the Pacific
Improved ocean climate observations for the Pacific
Development and use of tailored climate and climate change information and products for the Pacific
Capacity development on climate and extreme events in the Pacific
Climate Change Research in Antarctica
ANDRILL – Antarctic Geological Drilling
Surface Ozone Measurement Project
Understanding past climate from ice cores in New Zealand and Antarctica
Public Education Initiatives
Sharing education and outreach products and lessons learnt
Product and Process Standards
Energy Efficiency Standards