California and New Zealand Partner to Advance Global Climate Leadership | California Governor – Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Posted: June 1, 2022 at 8:28 pm

Governor Newsom and New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern establish new international climate partnership

Memorandum of Cooperation aims to reduce pollution, bolster clean economy, accelerate the transition to clean energy and zero-emission vehicles, promote nature-based solutions, and more

Memorandum also establishes stronger framework for economic cooperation and trade

SAN FRANCISCO Expanding Californias global climate leadership, Governor Gavin Newsom today established a new international climate partnership with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. California and New Zealand signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to tackle the climate crisis, reduce pollution, and bolster the clean economy, while emphasizing community resilience and partnership with indigenous leaders.

In the New Zealand Garden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, California and New Zealand outlined common objectives to achieve carbon-neutrality by mid-century, as well as their shared world-leading policies for zero-emission transportation, climate innovation, clean power generation, nature-based solutions, and zero waste initiatives.

The MOC furthers these common objectives through sharing information and best practices. A copy of the MOC signed today can be foundhere.

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 cant do it alone, said Governor Newsom. 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.

No country is immune from the impacts of climate changes, so its just common sense to collaborate with likeminded partners to meet our mutual goals, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. We both aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century. This agreement means well work together to share expertise and experience and collaborate on projects that help meet each others targets.

Governor Newsom andPrime Minister Ardernestablish new climate partnership

Californias world-leading climate policies have led the state to exceed its 2020 climate target four years ahead of schedule, and created partnerships across the U.S. and around the world. Governor Newsom hascommitted $47.1 billionto tackle pollution, build climate-resilient water supplies, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, ensure grid reliability and accelerate clean energy solutions, and protect communities from extreme heat.

CaliforniasZEV marketis leading the nation in every category and the state is ending the sale of new gas carsby 2035, reducing demand for oil and spurring partnerships across the nation and around the world. Responding to the Governorsnature-based solutions executive order, which identified Californias lands as a critical yet underutilized sector in the fight against climate change, California last month released thePathways to 3030: Accelerating Conservation of Californias Naturestrategy andNatural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy.

Earlier this year, California signed aMemorandum of Cooperation with Japanto advance cooperation on climate and clean energy priorities, and strengthen trade relations. Governor Newsom also signed aMemorandum of Understanding with Chinato accelerate ongoing initiatives to protect the environment, reduce carbon and air pollution, and promote clean technology development.

Last year, Governor Newsom and 24 governors from the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliancecommitted to collectively achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. Governor Newsom and other Under2 Coalition partnersannouncedthe transition to become anet zerocoalition, raising ambition for member states and regions. California also joined theBeyond Oil & Gas Alliance, which brings together national and subnational governments committed to advancing a just transition away from oil and gas production.


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California and New Zealand Partner to Advance Global Climate Leadership | California Governor - Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

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