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The commitment of the EU and China to cooperation on climate change, environment and energy issues was underlined and given an institutional structure at the 8th EU-China Summit in September 2005. At this Summit, a Joint Declaration on Climate Change was agreed, launching the EU-China Partnership on Climate Change.


Concrete new actions to tackle climate change

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The EU-China Partnership on Climate Change provides a high-level political framework to further strengthen the cooperation between EU and China by setting out concrete new actions to tackle climate change.

These actions are set out in the Rolling Work Plan, as agreed in Beijing on 19 October 2006.

Strengthening cooperation and dialogue

This partnership will fully complement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. It will strengthen cooperation and dialogue on climate change including clean energy, and will promote sustainable development and low carbon technologies.

In this respect the EU and China developed the China-EU Near Zero Emission Coal (NZEC) project with the aim of developing and demonstrating carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technology, in the EU and China, to capture and storage CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants by 2020.