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EU to help China tackle greenhouse gas
Updated: 2005-09-06 07:02

BEIJING - The European Union agreed on Monday to give China the technology for a coal-fired power station designed to combat global warming as part of a wider accord on energy issues and climate change. Reuters reported. 

EU to help China tackle greenhouse gas
Premier Wen Jiabao proposes a toast to British Prime Minister Tony Blair (second from right), President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso (second from left), and EU Council Secretary-General Javier Solana at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday, after witnessing the signing of a number of deals. [CD]
The clean coal-power plant will employ carbon capture and storage technology through which the coal plant can capture its own emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2), burying them in porous rock underground for long-term storage.

The offer, announced at an EU-China summit, comes as developed nations seek to engage emerging market powerhouses like China and India in global moves to stem climate change.

Industrialized countries fear that efforts to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions will be undermined by rising emissions from developing countries.

The agreement "will include cooperation on the development, deployment and transfer of low carbon technology, including advanced near-zero-emissions coal technology through carbon capture and storage," read a joint EU-China statement.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, at the summit in Beijing because his country holds the rotating EU presidency, has made climate change a priority for this year, when London also presides over the Group of Eight rich nations.

Blair said China would participate in a "dialogue" between countries on climate change. Blair will also seek to engage India in the global warming debate at an EU-India summit in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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