Asia Pacific Partnership

The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate External site link was established in 2006 to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The partnership objective is to promote the development, deployment and transfer of existing and emerging cost-effective cleaner technologies and practices. The partnership is consistent with, and contributes to, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change External site link and complements the Kyoto Protocol External site link.

The seven members of the APP (Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea and the United States) account for more than half of the world’s economy, population and energy use. They produce about 65 per cent of the world’s coal, 62 per cent of its cement, 52 per cent of its aluminium, and more than 60 per cent of the world’s steel.

Eight public-private sector task forces have been established under the APP. They cover the production of:

  • Aluminium
  • Buildings and Appliances
  • Cement
  • Cleaner Fossil Energy
  • Coal Mining
  • Power Generation and Transmission
  • Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
  • Steel.

Geoscience Australia, through its International Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project, is involved in the APP through the Cleaner Fossil Energy Task Force External site link. We have launched a new bilateral project with China under the CFE, The CO2 Capture and Storage Program, which focuses on geological storage (geosequestration) of CO2. The China Australia Geological Storage of CO2 Project (CAGS) is aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of geological storage technology in Australia and China through capacity building and research programs addressing geological storage of CO2. More information about CAGS and the International CCS Project can be found on the International Carbon Capture and Storage Project page. Information on other cleaner fossil energy APP projects can be found on the APP Project Roster External site link.

For further information about the APP and its taskforces and projects, please visit the official international External site link and Australian Government External site link APP websites.

Topic contact: Last updated: May 22, 2013