The United States and China announced six new EcoPartnerships on June 6, 2016 at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, China. The State Department-sponsored EcoPartnerships program brings together experts and innovators from U.S. and Chinese cities, companies, universities, and NGOs to work together, exchange best practices, and find solutions to challenges related to environmental protection, clean energy, and climate change. Since its inception in 2008, the program has facilitated 36 partnerships that serve as models for the tangible results that can be achieved through sub-national cooperation.
The year’s six new EcoPartnerships are:
Caterpillar Inc. and Shanghai Lingang Economic Development Group will create a smart remanufacturing demonstration center to facilitate the analysis of energy savings and utilization of remanufactured parts that can save up to 60% in energy and material costs.
Chemical and Metal Technologies and CPI Yuanda Environmental-protection Engineering Company will reduce toxins from coal plant wastewater by removing mercury and heavy metals, with the expectation to meet or exceed the standards set through U.S.EPA regulations.
Minerals Technologies, Inc. and SunPaper will significantly reduce soil and ground water pollution by repurposing 100% of the lime mud used in the paper-making process.
U.S. Geological Service Wetland and Aquatic Research Center and the Beijing Forestry University will use scientific data to aid wetlands restoration of the Yangtze and foster better understanding of ecological processes in climate change and land-use conditions.
University of Southern California - Bay Environmental Technology (Beijing) Corporation (Bayeco) will significantly decrease NOx, SOx, and VOCs from coal-fired combustion with the goal of increasing energy efficiency by 3-10% over existing technologies.
UniEnergy Technologies and Rongke Power will accelerate the market adoption of the electrical energy storage system, which is a key component to significantly scaling and replicating smart grids and micro-grids using renewable energy technologies.
EcoPartnerships encourage environmental action at the sub-national level, mobilizing private sector investment and leveraging capital to pursue joint projects. The value of the EcoPartnerships program is the peer-to-peer collaboration at the partner level between U.S. and Chinese entities. EcoPartners pilot their concepts and share key findings with peers who can replicate and build upon their successes.