Fact Sheet: The United States and Chile: Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, March 21, 2011   [open pdf - 31KB]

From the March 21, 2011 White House fact sheet: "The United States and Chile work together bilaterally and regionally to protect the environment, combat climate change, and enhance clean energy growth. Both the United States and Chile participate in activities under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), Energy Working Group activities under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and are members of the International Renewable Energy Agency. The United States supports Chile's candidacy for membership in the International Energy Agency. In June 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Clean Energy Technology Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chile under ECPA. Under the MOU, DOE provides technical support to Chile's Renewable Energy Center and two pilot solar plants in Chile's northern desert. The United States and Chile look to increase active collaboration on wind and geothermal energy, biofuels and biomass projects. Chile and the United States cooperate constructively on climate change mitigation to encourage effective outcomes from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The United States and Chile signed an Environmental Cooperation Agreement in 2003. Together we are engaging in efforts to address sectors including mining, forestry, transportation, fisheries and agriculture; work focuses on key themes of good governance, natural resources protection, and private sector environmental performance. Chile and the United States recognize the importance of working bilaterally and regionally through ECPA, and globally through the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This year Chile and the United States will work together to implement the agreements reached in Cancun, including on transparency, adaptation, technology, finance, and forest preservation."

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