International Agreements

Government of Québec - PDF 

Signed: December 10, 2014
Term: 2 Year
This Letter of Intent to Cooperate on Electric Drive Vehicles between the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Government of Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, and the Fight Against Climate Change, was signed on December 10, 2014, in Lima, Peru. It indicates the Parties will cooperate, over a period of two years, to accelerate the deployment of electric drive vehicles. Additionally, states the intent of the Parties to establish a working group of staff members who will exchange information and consult on best practices. The letter also mentions the close collaboration between California and Québec, as a result of linking their greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programs, as well as the ongoing coordination on policy and implementation of those programs, between the California Air Resources Board and the Government of Québec (Agreements dated September 25 and 27, 2013). 

Ministry of Energy - PDF 

Signed: September 24, 2010
Term: 5 Year
This Memorandum of Understanding is a cooperative agreement between Chile’s Ministry of Energy, the California Air Resources Board, and the California Energy Commission, and focuses on the development of specific programs of technical cooperation to limit the increase of greenhouse gas emissions, stimulate renewable power generation, expand energy efficiency, and support sustainable uses of energy. 

National Ministry of Environmental Protection - PDF 

Signed: October 26, 2015
Term: No Expiration
Signed in San Francisco, on October 26, 2015, this Agreement between China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and the State of California aimed to enhance cooperation on reducing air pollution, and served as a framework for cooperation in areas of mutual interest. Areas of focus included capacity building as well as facilities cooperation and trade in environmental-friendly technologies. 


Municipality of Shenzhen - PDF 

Signed: September 15, 2015
Term: 2 Year
This Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation on Low Carbon Development between the Shenzhen Municipal Government and the State of California builds on two prior agreements – the Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy and Environment, signed at the national levels in 2009, and a 2013 agreement between the two Participants, which focused on Emissions Trading Systems. The purpose of this agreement is to further support efforts by the Participants to address the global issue of climate change and achieve their low carbon development goals. This agreement established a fundamental framework for the Participants to carry out pragmatic exchange and cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit. Areas of cooperation include, but are not limited to, undertaking mutual efforts to implement climate change policies, particularly those that promote energy savings and the reduction of toxic pollutant emissions; promoting the exchange and cooperation on low carbon and smart cities; continued cooperation and engagement on emissions trading systems; the promotion of new energy vehicles; and cooperation to reduce air pollutants and carbon emissions from ports.


Province of Guangdong - PDF 

Signed: August 5, 2015
Term: 2 Year
Using the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy and Environment signed by the Government of China and the Government of the United States of America in July 2009, as well as a previous MOU signed by the Participants (Guangdong and California) in 2013, this more recent MOU seeks to support the efforts of the Participants to achieve their low carbon development goals through the establishment of a fundamental framework to carry out pragmatic exchange and cooperation based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit. Areas of cooperation include, but are not limited to, the following: formulating low carbon economic development plans; increasing energy conservation and energy efficiency of traditional industrial sectors; expanding clean, renewable energy, supporting low carbon technology research, development and transfer; enabling low carbon, sustainable transportation; supporting the cooperation on electric system planning, renewable energy integration, and the efficient use of energy in new and existing buildings; and promoting low carbon, sustainable agriculture, forestry, and waste handling.


National Development and Reform Commission - PDF 

Signed: September 13, 2013
Term: 2 Year
The Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation on Low Carbon Development between the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China and the State of California is a commitment by both Parties to strengthen and coordinate efforts to combat global climate change, promote clean and efficient energy, and support low carbon development, while protecting public health, the environment, and natural resources. 


Municipality of Chongqing - PDF 

Signed: April 16, 2013
Term: 1 Year
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Foster Cooperation on Trade and Investment Promotion is entered into by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development in the State of California, the Municipality of Chongqing’s Foreign Trade & Economic Relations Commission, and the City of Sacramento’s Economic Development Department in an effort to strengthen and coordinate subnational efforts to expand mutually beneficial international trade, investment, and sustained economic growth. The MOU provides a framework for cooperation to facilitate collaboration and support communication and coordination on business development activities utilizing shared resources in China and California. 


Shanghai Administration Committee of Zhangjiang High-Tech Park - PDF 

Signed: April 12, 2013
Term: 3 Year
In April 2013, during a high-level California trade mission to China, Kish Rajan, Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), signed this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mr. Cao Zhengquan, Executive Director of the Administration Committee of Zangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone. Based on the principle of equality, mutual benefit, and win-win cooperation, the MOU focused on building strategic collaboration between the Parties to promote the development of the high-tech industries in both regions (China and California).  


National Ministry of Environmental Protection - PDF 

Signed: April 10, 2013
Term: 2 Year
This Agreement to enhance cooperation on reducing air pollution was entered into by the State of California and China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection in order to strengthen and coordinate efforts to improve air quality and protect public health, promote clean and efficient energy, protect the environment and natural resources, and support sustained economic growth. It provided a framework for cooperation between the Parties and facilitated collaboration in areas of mutual interest. Additionally, it aimed to support capacity building to reduce air pollution and to facilitate cooperation and trade in environment-friendly technologies. 


Beijing Ministry of Environmental Protection - PDF 

Signed: April 10, 2013
Term: 3 Year
The intent of this Memorandum of Understanding on Environment Cooperation between the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau is to renew and strengthen the existing cooperative relationship between the signatories, and build on an MOU signed in 2005, that aimed to promote the cooperation and collaboration on sciences, technologies, and policies in the field of environmental protection. This MOU states that both signatories will carry out cooperation in the areas of environmental protection on the basis of equality and mutual benefit and defines the main areas of interaction and common interest to include, but not be limited to, the following: air quality management; water technologies and services; solid waste management and recycling; capacity building; and public education. 

New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization - PDF 

Signed: October 14, 2014
Term: 1 Year
This Letter of Intent laid the groundwork for a Feasibility Study, between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, on a Demonstration Project focused on Electric Vehicles Driving Behavior in California. 


Government of Japan - PDF 

Signed: September 5, 2014
Term: 2 Year
This Memorandum of Cooperation between the Government of Japan and the State of California expresses shared concern about the threat of climate change and the intention to coordinate strengthen and coordinate efforts to combat it through the promotion of dialogue and joint projects focused on mitigation and adaptation. Furthermore, the signatories agree to work together to address short-lived climate pollutants and the development of cleaner freight transport. The areas of cooperation include, but are not limited to, renewable energy development; energy storage; cooperation on best practices, regulatory requirements, research, incentives, and other measures to accelerate the ongoing rollout of zero emission vehicles and DC fast chargers; and possible cooperation on a demonstration project on the effectiveness of DC fast charging and enhanced EV use. 

National Energy Commission - PDF 

Signed: May 17, 2012
Term Ended: 4 Year
This Memorandum of Understanding was entered into between the California Energy Commission and the Energy Commission of Malaysia in an effort to foster a favorable relationship of partnership and cooperation to promote and advance demand-side management, energy efficiency programs, integrated resources planning, and effective electricity regulation through collaboration in research and information exchange on policies and programs. 

State of Jalisco, Mexico - PDF 

Signed: August 30, 2016
Term: 2 Year
The State of Jalisco and the California Energy Commission entered into this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in an effort to address the challenges and risks posed by climate change through cooperation on clean energy policies and programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emission and accelerating the transition to low-carbon energy resources. All engagement was based on equality and mutual benefit, and focused on the following areas of cooperation: energy efficiency, demand-side management, renewable energy development and grid integration, integrated resource planning, grid operation and management, low and zero-emission vehicles, and clean energy technology. 


National Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Education & Council for Science & Technology - PDF 

Signed: July 29, 2014
Term: 2 Year
The objective of this Memorandum of Understanding between the State of California and Mexico’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Public Education, and National Council for Science and Technology, was to establish a general basis for engagement and to define a mechanism for collaboration on the development and execution of activities and cooperation in the fields of education, research, and scholarly activities. 


National Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources & National Forestry Commission - PDF 

Signed: July 28, 2014
Term: 4 Year
This Memorandum of Understanding between the State of California and Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and its National Forestry Commission aimed to promote and carry out cooperative activities related to environmental issues on the basis of equality, reciprocity, information exchange, and mutual benefit. The areas of cooperation included climate change, human and environmental health, air quality, wildfires, and transportation. 


State of Baja California, Mexico - PDF 

Signed: September 28, 2012
Term: 5 Year
This Action Plan came into effect on September 30, 2012, and is a direct result of the Memorandum of Cooperation on Ambient Air Quality Monitoring, signed on June 24, 2004, between Mexico’s Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, and the Secretariat of Environmental Protection for the State of Baja California. The Action Plan lists the activities and accomplishments achieved to date as a result of the 2004 MOU and defines the objectives of the Action Plan, including the specific roles and responsibilities of each Participant. 

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