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Director Scott W. Tinker (sitting, third from left) at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency MOU signing event

Director Scott W. Tinker represented the Bureau of Economic Geology in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) event in June, signing a memorandum of understanding with business and academic representatives from China to forge a partnership in the development of offshore carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). With leadership from Susan Hovorka, Tip Meckel, Jiemin Lu, and Associate Director Michael Young, the Bureau’s Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) has become a world leader in developing technologies with which to implement CCUS worldwide and has been key in developing important technical partnerships with Chinese counterparts. The collaborative Sino-American event included opening remarks from the two co-chairs of the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group, China Special Representative for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz gave keynote remarks underscoring the substantial bilateral work being done by the governments, business, and academia following the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak then moderated an industry panel highlighting innovative American technologies to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and develop CCUS technologies. See the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Climate Change Fact Sheet for more information. A video celebrating U.S.-China collaboration in combating climate change, including much of the USTDA's work, can be viewed here.

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