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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate?

The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate is a voluntary partnership among seven major Asia-Pacific countries - Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States - that are cooperating in an effort to address increased energy needs and the associated issues of air pollution, energy security, and climate change. An innovative public-private sector effort, the Asia-Pacific Partnership was established to achieve these objectives in ways that promote economic development, reduce poverty, and accelerate the development and deployment of cleaner, more efficient technologies

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How is the Partnership organized?

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The Policy and Implementation Committee (PIC), established in the Partnership’s Charter, oversees the Partnership as a whole, guides the eight Task Forces and periodically reviews their work, and provides direction to the Administrative Support Group.  The PIC is comprised of high-level government representatives from each of the Partner countries.

The Task Forces are led by Chairs and Co-Chairs, who oversee the public-private collaboration in working toward Partnership objectives specific to their Task Force.

The Administrative Support Group, authorized by the Partnership’s Charter and currently hosted by the United States, provides support to the PIC and the Partners more broadly while also coordinating Partnership communications and activities.

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Who is involved in this Partnership?

A diverse group of government agencies and private sector companies, from each of the seven Partner countries is actively engaged in this Partnership.  Please contact the Administrative Support Group, at APP_ASG@state.gov, if you would like to reach specific Task Force representatives.
Task Force leadership;

  • Aluminium - Australia (Chair), United States (Co-Chair)
  • Buildings and Appliances - Korea (Chair), United States (Co-Chair)
  • Cement - Japan (Chair), Canada (Co-Chair)
  • Cleaner Fossil Energy - Australia (Chair), China (Co-Chair)
  • Coal Mining - United States (Chair), India (Co-Chair)
  • Power Generation and Transmission - United States (Chair), China (Co-Chair)
  • Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation - Canada (Chair), Australia (Co-Chair)
  • Steel - Japan (Chair), India (Co-Chair)

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Why are these seven countries involved in the Partnership, while others are not? 

These seven countries - Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea and the United States - have a history of close bilateral and multilateral cooperation on clean development, energy, and climate change efforts.  The seven countries share a common interest in developing and deploying cleaner, more efficient technologies to meet national pollution reduction, energy security and climate change challenges in ways that promote economic development and reduce poverty.  Together, these countries account for more than half of the world’s economy, population and global energy use.

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What is the history of the Asia-Pacific Partnership?

The creation of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate was announced on 28 July 2005 by release of the Partnership’s Vision Statement at the Twelfth Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Vientiane, Laos.  The Asia-Pacific Partnership was formally launched at a Ministerial meeting in Sydney, Australia, 12 January 2006.  There, Partners agreed to a Charter, Communiqué, and Work Plan outlining a multi-sector program of work to be undertaken in eight key sectors by Task Forces comprised of both government and industry representatives.

In April 2006, the Policy and Implementation Committee (PIC) met with the Task Forces in Berkeley, United States. The Task Forces began identifying their respective priorities and developing Actions Plans to address key areas of emphasis. 

At the PIC’s second meeting in Jeju, Korea, in October 2006, Partners endorsed eight Action Plans, containing nearly 100 associated individual projects and activities.  The PIC also provided guidance to the Task Forces for endorsing additional project and other Task Force practices, as well as on the identification of so-called flagship projects - projects that illustrate and demonstrate the vision and objectives of the Partnership - from within the set of endorsed activities.

Task Forces have since begun the implementation phase of their work and continue to meet regularly. At the third PIC meeting in Tokyo, Japan in July 2007, Task Forces reported on their work, and the PIC endorsed a number of additional projects and prepared for the second Ministerial meeting.

In May 2008, PIC members met for their fifth meeting in Seattle, USA. In Seattle, now well into the implementation phase, the Task Forces presented status reports of their work and PIC members discussed the importance and direction of the APP into the future. The Task Forces will continue to meet regularly to accomplish their work.

At the New Delhi Ministerial meeting in October 2007, Ministers warmly welcomed Canada as the seventh Partner, recognized the eight Action Plans and over 100 related projects, as well as eighteen flagship projects, and announced the launch of the Asia-Pacific Energy Technology Cooperation Centre.

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What have you achieved since the Partnership was launched in January 2006? 

Since the January Ministerial meeting, we have been moving ahead expeditiously.  The PIC gave instructions to the eight Task Forces in April 2006. Task Forces were formed and then met individually to develop Action Plans and identify associated project and activity priorities.  The Policy and Implementation Committee then met and endorsed these Action Plans and the nearly 100 associated projects in October 2006.  Since then, Task Forces have been actively moving into the implementation phase, and have begun the work of undertaking these activities.  At the New Delhi Ministerial in October 2007, the Partner ministers recognized the Task Force Action Plans and associated projects, as well as all additional flagship projects.  As of July 2008, 123 projects have been endorsed by the PIC. Please visit our Project Roster to read a summary of these projects and activities.

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How can I become involved?

Those interested in becoming involved in the work of a Task Force may e-mail the Administrative Support Group (APP_ASG@state.gov), and provide your name, affiliation, contact information, and area(s) of interest. 

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How do I find out about upcoming events? 

To learn more about upcoming events, please visit www.asiapacificpartnership.org.

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How can I find out more about the Partnership? 

Please visit www.asiapacificpartnership.org for more information. If you have specific questions, please email the Administrative Support Group at APP_ASG@state.gov.


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