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May 20, 2004

United States and United Kingdom Team Up on Clean Energy

The United Kingdom announced on May 20th that it will join the "Efficient Energy for Sustainable Development Partnership" (EESD) of the U.S. Clean Energy Initiative. On April 28th, the United States joined the "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership" (REEEP), which is led by the United Kingdom. Both partnerships promote sustainable, affordable energy throughout the world. Under the agreements, the U.S. and U.K. partners will work together and leverage human and financial resources to maximize their impact in building markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The EESD and REEEP originated at the World Summit on Sustainable Development—held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002—and provide new and flexible ways to achieve the common goal of maximizing the energy sector's contribution to economic, social, and environmental development. Both are market-oriented partnerships among developed and developing countries that will share knowledge, communicate across national boundaries, and help spread best practices to overcome barriers to the increased use of clean energy. See the DOE press release.