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Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 26, 2004


U.S.-Australia Climate Action Partnership

Joint Statement  Following the Fourth Meeting of the U.S.-Australia Climate Action Partnership

 

The Australian and United States Governments established the Climate Action Partnership in February 2002 to focus on practical actions to address climate change. It involves the U.S. Departments of State, Energy and Commerce, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and their Australian counterparts.   

Work currently is moving forward on 19 projects under six themes:

  • emissions measurement and accounting,
  • climate change science,
  • stationary energy technology,
  • engagement with business to create economically efficient climate change solutions,
  • agriculture and land management, and
  • collaboration with developing countries to build capacity to deal with climate change.
Substantial progress on clean coal and geosequestration is also being made through Coal 21 initiative, and geosequestration through the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum. Collaborative efforts on climate change science are strengthening our knowledge of climate change and improving the quality of scientific advice underpinning policy development.

United States Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage David Kemp discussed future actions relating to cleaner and more efficient energy under the Climate Action Partnership during Secretary Abrahamís January 2004 visit to Australia.

The Australian Government is taking action at the multilateral, regional and bilateral levels as part of its strategy to help build an effective global response to climate change that includes all major greenhouse gas emitters. It is currently pursuing bilateral cooperation on climate change with the United States, China, New Zealand, Japan, and the European Union.

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