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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 18, 2003

International Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, June 23-25

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, hosted by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Energy, will be held June 23-24, 2003, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The Forum will conclude Wednesday, June 25, in Washington, D.C., with a charter signing ceremony at the Mayflower Hotel. The charter will set forth a framework for international cooperation in research and development for the separation, capture, transportation and storage of carbon dioxide as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Along with the U.S., delegations from thirteen countries and the European Union will attend this inaugural meeting of Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Russian Federation, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the European Commission.

The Ministerial Opening Ceremony will take place Tuesday, June 24, with welcoming remarks by James Connaughton, Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Energy, will deliver the keynote address.

The United States will use the Forum to invite other nations to join FutureGen, an integrated sequestration and hydrogen research initiative. FutureGen is a $1 billion government/industry partnership to design, build and operate a nearly emission-free, coal-fired electric and hydrogen production plant.

The President's Global Climate Change Initiative committed America to an aggressive new strategy to cut greenhouse gas intensity by 18 percent over the next 10 years. The initiative also supports vital climate change research and calls for the development of carbon sequestration technologies as means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Individuals wishing to be credentialed to attend the Forum should contact Kimberly Lietz, United States Energy Association, at (202) 312-1230. Media representatives are requested to pre-register and may do so at: http://www.usea.org/media.pdf . 

See attached Draft Agenda.

Department of Energy Media Contacts:

Jill Vieth, 202-586-4949
Drew Malcomb, 202-586-5806

Department of State Media Contacts:

Susan Povenmire, 202-647-3486
Joanne Joria, 202-647-1169

Released on June 18, 2003

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