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Recent Collaboration with China

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource. A more current exploration of our work can be found on the Collaboration with China page.

On January 19, 2011, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director, John P. Holdren, and the Minister of Science and Technology for the People’s Republic of China, Wan Gang, signed an historic extension to the U.S.-China Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology. The newly extended agreement will continue decades of cooperation in areas such as agricultural science, high-energy physics, clean energy, and biomedical research.

EPA has cooperated on environmental protection with the China Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and its predecessors since 1980. In October 2010 in Beijing, EPA’s Administrator and MEP’s Minister signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Field of Environment.

  • The MOU supports collaborative efforts on shared challenges, such as air pollution, water pollution, pollution from persistent organic pollutants and other toxic substances, hazardous and solid waste, and the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental law.
  • Under the MOU, EPA and MEP hold a biennial ministerial-level meeting to review successes and set priorities.
  • The most recent ministerial meeting took place in November 2010 in Washington, DC.

EPA collaborates with China on:

Air quality

Collaborative work to better understand, manage, and improve air quality has helped officials in China address regional air quality issues and achieve cleaner air for the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo.

  • For example, advanced pollutant modeling techniques, which enable us to evaluate the predicted effects of different approaches to air quality management, are being jointly applied in both countries.
  • Air quality management approaches have been integrated into recently issued national guidance, as well as into the upcoming revision to China’s Air Pollution Control Law.
  • EPA and Chinese colleagues have worked closely together to retrofit 9,000 trucks and buses in the Beijing area with diesel particulate filters.
  • Advancing efforts to make environmental information more public and transparent, EPA and the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau piloted a real-time air quality information system at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Hazardous Waste Prevention, Management and Cleanup

Since 2006, EPA has been assisting MEP with waste prevention, management and cleanup, focusing on both capacity-building and technology transfer.

  • Waste prevention and management: EPA’s extensive assistance has directly resulted in MEP’s adoption of its first series of regulatory guidances, ranging from national listing, permitting, operation and reporting requirements for hazardous waste treatment, disposal and storage facilities, preparation of emergency response plans for hazardous waste handling facilities, and waste management during and after disasters.
  • Hazardous waste cleanup: EPA was instrumental in introducing to MEP our experiences with the U.S. Superfund and Brownfields cleanup programs beginning in 2006, and has supported MEP’s effort to study implications of these programs through case studies, contextual explanations, workshops and frequent exchanges of materials.
  • EPA has further provided MEP with direct long-term cleanup field assistance using U.S.-developed technology to reduce dioxins emissions from cement kilns, and to implement China’s first-ever PCB soil remediation project. Both projects are part of China’s National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Montreal Protocol and CFCs

As domestic demand for new refrigerators was growing very fast, EPA helped China replace CFCs with safer substitutes for refrigerants.

  • In 2007, China shut down five of its six remaining plants for production of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and halons.
  • This put China two-and-a-half years ahead of the Montreal Protocol’s 2010 deadline for phase-out of the two ozone-depleting chemicals.
  • China and the U.S. continue to work together through the Montreal Protocol framework to encourage the use of safer substitutes to CFCs and halons and help China meet its growing demand for refrigerants.





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For additional information on EPA's work in China, contact:

Mark Kasman
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
E-mail: kasman.mark@epa.gov
(202) 564-2024

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