Monday 30 May 2022

California and New Zealand forge climate partnership

California and New Zealand forge climate partnership

A partnership has been announced between California and New Zealand to tackle the global climate crisis.

They have signed a memorandum of co-operation to reduce pollution, accelerate the transition to clean energy and zero-emission vehicles, promote nature-based solutions and bolster the clean economy.

They outlined common objectives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 as well as their shared policies for climate innovation and zero waste initiatives, among others.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “No country is immune from the impacts of climate changes so it’s just common sense to collaborate with like-minded partners to meet our mutual goals.

“We both aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century. This agreement means we’ll work together to share expertise and experience and collaborate on projects that help meet each other’s targets.”

California's climate policies have led the US state to exceed its 2020 target four years ahead of schedule.

Governor Gavin Newsom has committed $47.1 billion (£37.3bn) to tackle pollution, build climate-resilient water supplies, reduce the risk of wildfires, ensure grid reliability, accelerate clean energy solutions and protect communities from extreme heat.

The state is also ending the sale of new fossil fuel cars by 2035.

Governor Newsom added: “Later is too late to address climate change and California is taking aggressive steps to bolster the clean economy while reducing pollution in our communities – but we can’t do it alone.

“This partnership with New Zealand, another global climate leader, will strengthen ties between our two governments to deploy critical solutions that are essential to addressing this existential crisis.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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