Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham joined China’s Science and Technology Minister Xu and Beijing’s Vice Mayor Fan to sign the Green Olympic Protocol for Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Games.Beijing, China – January 20, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Secretary Abraham was in Beijing for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first energy efficient building demonstration project in Beijing that will lead to more widespread use of clean energy technologies in Beijing, particularly for the 2008 Olympic Games, and throughout China. “This energy efficient building in Beijing demonstrates how the U.S. and China can work together to promote clean energy solutions,” Secretary Abraham said. “The Unites States and China face similar challenges and exciting opportunities in the energy sector. I hope that the Green Olympic Protocol for Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Games we are signing today will further deepen our joint efforts to improve Beijing’s air quality and environment.” The United States and China are the two largest energy consumers in the world and energy security and environment protection are important priorities for both countries. The United States and China have established 11 teams to move forward on Green Olympics cooperation since a Statement of Intent was signed between the Department of Energy and China in September, 2002. Two Joint Working Group Meetings were also successfully held in Beijing in 2002 and 2003 and have developed proposals for cooperation. The protocol signed today will transform the Statement of Intent into a legally binding international agreement.