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January 12, 2004

DOE and China to Bring Clean Energy to the 2008 Olympic Games

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham joined China's Science and Technology Minister Xu and Beijing's Vice Mayor Fan on January 12th to sign the Green Olympic Protocol for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. DOE and China signed a Statement of Intent on Green Olympics cooperation in September 2002, and since then the two countries have established 11 teams to move forward on the agreement. Two joint working group meetings were successfully held in Beijing in 2002 and 2003, leading to new proposals for cooperation. The new protocol transforms the Statement of Intent into a legally binding international agreement.

Secretary Abraham also attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the first energy-efficient building demonstration project in Beijing. The project will lead to more widespread use of clean energy technologies in Beijing—particularly for the 2008 Olympic Games—and throughout China. See the DOE press release.