China-U.S. Commitment to Clean Cooking Celebrated At People-to-People Exchange
As part of the 7th annual China-US High level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), the Alliance participated in the China-US Plus Clean Stoves Developing Strategy Forum convened by Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the US State Department in Beijing in early June.
This Cookstoves Forum was an excellent opportunity for the US and Chinese governments, as well as individual researchers and implementers to re-affirm their commitment to continue to work together to address this a critical issue. Leading researchers from the US and China discussed emerging evidence on household energy in China, with a focus on policy relevant issues like the contribution to ambient air pollution and the impact of migration on energy use. Researchers also enthusiastically renewed their commitment to collaborate on clean cookstove and fuel-related efforts.
Dr. Shu Tao of Peking University, Alliance Environment and Climate Advisory Committee Member and Chair of the China Research Steering Committee, summarized key results of the Committee’s recently completed report on ‘Residential Solid Fuel Combustion and Impacts on Air Quality and Human Health in Mainland China’.
Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, emphasized how the US Government has a strong and continued interest in clean stoves and fuels research and deployment and in bilateral US-China cooperation to address the public health and climate impacts of residential energy use, saying he looked forward to continued collaboration between the United States and China through the bilateral cooperation of national programs and through the Global Alliance to build an international platform for research, product development and the promotion of clean stove technology in China and around the world.