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Vision and Framework for Strategy and Planning
Published August 2005




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Approach 4: Increase International Cooperation

Given the global nature of global climate change, and in recognition of the contributions being made by others abroad, the CCTP seeks to engage other nations—government to government—in large-scale cooperative technology research initiatives. Such cooperation can prove beneficial to the success of U.S. technology development initiatives, through leveraging of resources; partitioning of research activities addressing large-scale and multifaceted, complex problems; and sharing of results and knowledge created.

The U.S. Government participates in a variety of multilateral cooperative arrangements that provide a variety of benefits, including the prospect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Among these are the Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative, International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy, the international Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the International Methane-to-Markets Partnership, and ITER22 (an international project to develop fusion as a commercially viable power source.)   In certain areas of climate change technology R&D, such as advanced wind turbine design and nuclear fission and fusion energy research, many advanced technical capabilities reside abroad as well as in the United States. Since 2001, the United States has engaged in bilateral partnerships with Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, seven Central American countries, the European Union, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, and South Africa to explore the next generation of civilian nuclear power technology.

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