On November 18th, for the first time since 2016, the leaders of North America met in Washington, DC for a North American Leaders’ Summit. The Summit between President Biden, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico charts a new path for collaboration at a critical time of complex global challenges.
The Summit, and the Leaders’ pledge to take concrete actions in support of our joint goals sends a powerful signal to the world that North America remains the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm supports the Leaders’ commitment to take “swift and coordinated action to fight climate change,” and endorses their statement that “Climate change poses a threat to our economies and our communities, especially those who are vulnerable and underserved. But it also presents a tremendous opportunity to build back better, to create well-paying and reliable jobs in ever-growing markets, and to position North America as a global leader in clean solutions.”
Secretary Granholm and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will play a significant role, along with other U.S. government departments and agencies and counterparts in Canada and Mexico, in carrying out the joint energy and climate commitments:
- Creation of a North American Strategy on Methane and Black carbon to reduce methane emissions from all sectors
- Joint diplomatic efforts to raise climate ambition in the Americas
- Collaboration to accelerate renewable energy deployment across North America
- Accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation
- Convening North American states and cities as key contributors to efforts to accelerate climate action
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law underscores the commitment of the U.S. to deliver a more equitable clean energy future. As DOE plays a significant role in achieving the North American Leaders’ joint energy and climate commitments, the Department is implementing the boldest climate agenda in our nation’s history.
Watch this space so you can keep up with all the exciting work DOE is, and will be, doing to advance our clean energy and climate goals.