World Summit

The Clean Energy Initiative is overseen by the Office of International Energy Market Development, within the Office of Policy and International Affairs. The Initiative was announced by the United States at the September, 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was led by the United States, with participation from nations around the globe. There are three partnerships to address the chief headings within the Initiative: the Efficient Energy for Sustainable Development Partnership, the Global Village Energy Partnership, and the Healthy Homes and Communities Partnership.

Climate VISION stands for Voluntary Innovative Sector Initiatives: Opportunities Now. It was established on February 12, 2003, nearly one year after President George W. Bush announced on Valentine's Day of 2002 that he would reduce United States greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent before the year 2012, without harming the economy. Climate VISION has five chief purposes: to develop methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and share these technologies, to develop ways to quantify greenhouse gas emission reduction and sequestration, to develop an infrastructure to promote usage of emission reduction technologies in the commercial sector, to develop a means by which energy consumers can reduce their carbon footprints, and to acknowledge voluntary public or private participation in emissions reduction.

A key partnership in the Climate VISION program is called the APP, for the Asia-Pacific Partner ship between nations of this global region (Australia, China, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea) along with Canada and the United States. The APP works to ensure that as these Asian nations develop, they will incorporate clean, environmentally-safe technologies into their public and private industries.

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Guidelines were updated in early 2007 and made accessible to the public on April 2, 2007. The complete name of the document is The General Guidelines for the Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases (1605(b)). These guidelines are under the auspices of the DOE and are part of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) /North American Energy Working Group (SPP/ NAEWG) is a partnership between the secretaries of energy of Mexico and the United States and the minister of natural resources of Canada. This partnership was first established in early 2001. The SPP was established by the presidents of Mexico and the United States and the prime minister of Canada on March 23, 2005. It works to promote environmental responsibility in policies, as well as protecting the food supplies of North America and preventing the spread of disease. There are three foci of the NAEWG: market facilitation, clean energy, and technology. Within each focus are initiatives and priorities that any country can propose, but all three must approve.

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