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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 2, 2008


Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate: Promoting Building Energy Efficiency in China

Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, Senator Maria Cantwell, Chargé d’Affaires Xie Feng of the Chinese Embassy to the United States, and Mike Davis and Meredydd Evans of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will give remarks at a signing ceremony between PNNL and the U.S. Department of State on December 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the U.S. Department of State’s Treaty Room. The organizations will sign a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. The event is open for press coverage.
Through this Memorandum of Understanding and a recent Asia Pacific Partnership grant awarded by the Department of State, PNNL will work toward developing and implementing building energy codes in China in two pilot cities. The project is expected to yield significant impacts at both the local and national levels, leading to improved energy efficiency in buildings and the replication of developed implementation designs in other Chinese cities. Additional information about the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate may be found at www.app.gov.

Pre-set time for cameras: 8:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access time for all press: 9:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

Media representatives who would like to attend this event should contact:
Laura Peterson
Bureau of Oceans, Environments and Science
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-6740

2008/1004


Released on December 2, 2008

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