SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – This week, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27 ). The Secretary joined the United States delegation at a critical time for clean energy and global climate action, launching new partnerships and programs. Over the course of three days, the Secretary participated in a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings with international counterparts as well as industry and civil society leaders and, strengthened strategic collaboration, reaffirmed the commitment of the America to a Just Energy Transition at home and abroad, and has promoted energy innovation and deployment to reduce costs for consumers around the world.
The Secretary kicked off her first day in the U.S. Pavilion showcasing this year’s accomplishments of Net Zero World (NZW), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) flagship program to accelerate the global transition to net zero emissions while Enhancing Economic Prosperity launched last year at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. The event highlighted the first in a series of reports that summarize modeling of partner countries’ energy trajectories and systems, which can help government decision-makers make informed decisions on climate and energy policy and development. investment for the transition to a net zero future. NZW partners include Argentina, Indonesia, Chile, Nigeria, Indonesia, Ukraine and host country Egypt. Examples of country-specific work included Indonesia’s work on island energy transition to enable the decarbonization at scale of thousands of their islands; Chile’s work on coal transition and district heating market analysis; and Nigeria’s work on alternative carbon market designs and carbon capture and sequestration. The Secretary also announced a call for applications for a new Net Zero World Women’s Leadership Program and welcomed two new partners – Singapore and Thailand – who will become the base for a new Net Zero World hub in Southeast Asia. WATCH here.
To help accelerate a global net-zero future, the Secretary announced that the United States is joining Mission Innovation’s Net-Zero Industries mission, which focuses on developing and demonstrating competitive solutions to decarbonize high-energy industries. energy intensities difficult to reduce worldwide by 2030. The mission complements DOE’s Energy Earthshots(TM) initiative to target remaining solution points for the most difficult technical problems in our energy economy, ongoing work on breakthroughs in clean energy. In September, the Department launched its sixth Energy Earthshot, the Industrial Heat Energy Earthshot. Additional DOE industrial decarbonization efforts include opening a new Office of Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization, creating the G7 Industrial Decarbonization Program, and joining the Industrial Deep Decarbonization Initiative. from the Department of Clean Energy.
With hydrogen serving as a versatile fuel to decarbonize power generation and industrial applications, such as buildings and manufacturing, the DOE, in collaboration with the governments of Japan and the United Kingdom, announced the winners of the H2 program Twin Cities 2022. Launched by the United States at COP26, the H2 Twin Cities is a global program under the Clean Energy Minister’s Hydrogen Initiative to connect cities and communities around the world to to deploy clean hydrogen solutions.
The winners of the H2 Twin Cities 2022 are:
- A Mentor-Mentee H2 Twin Cities partnership where Lancaster, California, USA and Namie Town, Japan will serve as mentors to Hawai’i County, Hawaii, sharing lessons learned and collectively accelerating progress on clean hydrogen.
- A Sibling H2 Twin Cities partnership where Aberdeen, UK and Kobe, Japan will collaborate as sister cities to promote clean hydrogen growth opportunities locally.
Other DOE announcements made at COP27 to advance climate action and clean energy include:
- Launch of the Mission Innovation Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Launchpad – A coalition of countries has launched the Mission Innovation Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Launchpad, a global effort to advancing CDR projects for negative emissions. Members include Canada, the European Commission, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each member has committed to building at least one CDR pilot or demonstration project by 2025, contributing to a Launchpad goal of providing at least $100 million collectively by 2025 to support CDR pilots and demonstrations globally, and to provide in-kind support to advance measurement, reporting and verification efforts. The CDR Launchpad is the first “sprint” of the CDR Mission Innovation Mission, which was launched at COP26 last year. LEARN MORE and WATCH here.
- Toward Zero-Emission Medium-Heavy-Duty Vehicles – Secretary Granholm signed a Global Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Zero-Emission Medium-Heavy-Duty Vehicles (ZE-MHDV). This memorandum of understanding builds on the Biden-Harris administration’s existing whole-of-government approach to addressing the climate crisis, including an interagency agreement between the U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing, and Human Resources. Urban Development and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create a blueprint to decarbonize the transportation sector. By joining the ZE-MHDV MoU, the administration will leverage this existing collaboration to achieve these goals and engage our international partners. With billions of dollars in clean transportation investments provided by President Biden’s agenda, the United States is well positioned to play a leading role in global clean transportation. technologies. This non-binding Memorandum of Understanding is part of the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) Drive to Zero campaign at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).
- Cement Decarbonization with Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) – The Department is partnering with governments and major cement companies to join a global public-private commitment to scale up CCUS in the cement sector. The organizations will collaborate on the technical, economic and social dimensions of early cement CCUS projects to show how the field can grow quickly, efficiently and responsibly. This event brought together key players in this field to discuss how to accelerate this momentum and strengthen collaboration. Learn more
- Launch of Africa Center of Excellence for Carbon Management Technology and Innovation – In partnership with the Government of Nigeria, DOE announced a new Africa Center of Excellence for Carbon Management Technology and Innovation, that will accelerate risk reduction and adoption of key innovations to meet decarbonization goals in Nigeria and other countries on the continent. Hosted by Nigeria, the Center will serve as a resource to develop and deploy carbon management technologies in the energy, industrial, agricultural and marine sectors, as well as to develop the workforce needed for such deployment. WATCH here.
- Creation of a clean energy training center with Ghana – The DOE, in partnership with Ghana, plans to create a regional hub on civil nuclear cooperation and nuclear-renewable integration. The facility will support workforce development, education and training in virtual and in-person environments.
- Announcing the 2023 Energy Earthshots Summits – To achieve the ambitious goals set out in the Department’s Energy Earthshots, the DOE will host summit events for the three recently announced Earthshots (Enhanced Geothermal, Floating Offshore Wind, and Process Heat) to leverage of diverse expertise and talent in U.S. universities, corporations, and national labs through new partnerships and funding opportunities.
- Funding for Long Duration Energy Storage Demonstrations – The Department will support Long Duration Energy Storage Demonstration (LDES) projects capable of providing electricity for 10 to 24 hours or more to support a power grid at low-cost, reliable, and carbon-free with nearly $350 million in funding under President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act. The LDES Demonstrations Program will be managed by the DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations and will support up to 11 demonstration projects that will contribute to the Department-wide goal of reducing the cost of energy storage by 90 percent. grid-scale energy over the decade.
- Establishing an Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund Capital Grant Program – This DOE grant program will provide $250 million in capital grants to states to establish a revolving loan fund to help administer loans and grants for energy efficiency audits, upgrades and renovations to increase energy efficiency and improve building comfort.