A joint EU – US strategy on climate change was thrown into doubt when diplomats failed to come to an agreement following meetings in Washington. Climate change was to form one of the central themes to the EU – US summit in Germany later this month. The EU wants to see transatlantic commitments to limit global warming to 2°C, to expand and deepen carbon markets and to invest in clean technology projects. The EU also wants to develop joint standards for carbon capture, biofuels, clean technologies, energy efficiency appliances, buildings and power plants. However, the US has focused on technological change as the primary means to reduce carbon emissions – measures which the EU sees as wishful thinking without the concrete requirements of emissions trading schemes.