Nations to Meet on Clean Energy


"Creation of green jobs are a top priority."

Energy officials and delegates from 21 nations will meet Monday and Tuesday in Washington in an initiative by President Barack Obama's administration, which has made the creation of green jobs a top priority.

The two-day meeting will feature announcements of joint initiatives among the top economies, who together account for 80% of the world’s gross domestic product, said the U.S. Energy Dept.

The major economies have been in disagreement over the shape of the next climate treaty, with developed nations seeking binding commitments from growing economies, such as China, to cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Friday at the White House: "The race is wide open for which country will become the epicenter of innovation, and the destination for the capital, businesses and jobs that come with it," he added.

Topics that will be open for discussion at the meeting will include energy-efficiency standards, solar and wind power, and ways to provide energy to those without, said U.S. assistant secretary of energy for international affairs David Sandalow.

The meeting in Washington comes as Obama presses Congress to approve the first-ever U.S. plan to require carbon emission cuts. The House of Representatives approved a plan more than a year ago, but legislation has faced stiff opposition in the Senate.

Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are the 21 nations taking part in the two-day clean energy gathering.

E.U. Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger will also attend the meeting.

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