Alistair Darling 2London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 13, 2006 – Building on the success of the China-Britain Natural Gas Working Group, which was set up in 2001 to enable sharing of technologies and best practices between the two countries, a China-UK Energy Group has been created.

The energy relationship has been strengthened by the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Alistair Darling, UK Trade and Industry Secretary, and Ma Kai, Chairman of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission. It was witnessed by both the Chinese premier and UK prime minister Tony Blair.

“Promoting the most efficient technologies available and accelerating the development of new technologies will be crucial in tackling climate change and managing demand of energy,” said Darling. “Today’s signing will broaden discussion about commercial opportunities, policy and regulation.”