The U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture and China's National Development & Reform Commission announced that they have agreed to strengthen and expand cooperation on biofuels production and use through a memorandum of understanding that promotes energy security interests between the two countries with the ultimate goal of significantly reducing fossil fuel consumption by increasing the use of clean, renewable fuels such as those derived from biomass.
"As the two largest energy consumers and automobile markets in the world, we are eager to strengthen cooperation with China to increase the use of renewable and alternative fuels to power our nation's vehicles," Deputy Secretary of Energy Clay Sell said.
This memorandum specifically encourages cooperation in biomass and feedstock production and sustainability; conversion technology and engineering; bio-based product development and utilization standards.
"As our economies continue to expand, the development of fuels that use biomass resources both in the U.S. and in China is an important way to promote the agricultural sector as well as support rural development," acting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner says.
China, the world's third-largest ethanol producer behind the U.S. and Brazil, is the first Asian country to sign a biofuels agreement with the U.S. to accelerate the development of second-generation biofuels.