DOE announced on October 7 that its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive $12.5 million over the next five years to lead a consortium on energy-efficient building technologies under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The DOE funding will be matched by the consortium partners to provide at least $25 million in total U.S. funding, and Chinese counterparts will contribute an additional $25 million. In the United States, buildings account for nearly 40% of all energy consumption and carbon emissions, while China is the location for nearly half the new floor space built in the world every year. LBNL leads a consortium that includes DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California-Davis; the National Resources Defense Council; the National Association of State Energy Officials; the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions; the Energy Foundation; Pegasus Capital Advisors; ICF International, Inc.; The Dow Chemical Company; Honeywell International, Inc.; General Electric Corporation; Saint-Gobain; Bentley Systems, Inc.; and ClimateMaster.
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao formally announced the establishment of the CERC during President Obama's trip to Beijing last November. Two additional consortia were announced last month: one led by the University of Michigan to advance technologies for clean vehicles and one led by West Virginia University to focus on the next generation of clean coal technologies, including carbon capture and storage. Total funding for the CERC, including private and public investments in both countries, will be at least $150 million. See the DOE press release .