Australia and China have agreed to a range of initiatives ot accelerate their co-operation on climate change. The initiatives were announced by Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, after a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
The initiatives include a joint feasibility study into developing the world’s largest solar city in north-east China, water quality monitoring of the Yellow River, a trial of carbon capture technology and regular ministerial meetings aimed at reaching a post-Kyoto agreement on climate change and looking at ways of speeding the development of low-emission technologies.
Mr Rudd, together with Australian Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong, visited a coal-fired power plant near Beijing where Australian CSIRO technology to capture carbon dioxide is being tested. The CSIRO believes that its technology is capable of capturing up to 85% of the carbon produced by a coal-fired power station.
Mr Rudd has continued to push the benefits of closer economic ties between Australia and China, particularly in the services sector. “There are significant economic opportunities if we have sufficient vision and are prepared to undertake the groundwork necessary to grasp them,” he said.