SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – This week, US Energy Secretary 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 moment for clean energy and global climate action, launching new partnerships and programs. During three days, the Secretary participated in a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings with international counterparts together with industry and civil society leaders and, strengthened strategic collaboration, reaffirmed America’s commitment to a fair energy transition at home and abroad, and promoted clean. Energy innovation and deployment to lower costs for consumers around the world.
The Secretary began his first day at the US Pavilion showcasing this year’s achievements from Net Zero World (NZW), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) signature program to accelerate the global transition to net-zero emissions while improving economic prosperity launched last year at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. The event highlighted the first in a series of reports summarizing energy trajectory models and partner countries’ systems, which can help government decision-makers make climate and energy decisions and investment decisions to transition to a net-zero future. NZW partners include Argentina, Indonesia, Chile, Nigeria, Indonesia, Ukraine, and host country Egypt. Examples of country-specific work include Indonesia’s work on island energy transition to enable decarbonization on the 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 design, and carbon capture and sequestration. The Secretary also announced the call for applications for the new Net Zero World women’s leadership program and welcomed two new partners – Singapore and Thailand – which will be the foundation of the new Southeast Asia Net Zero World hub. WATCH it here.
To help accelerate the global net-zero future, the Secretary announced that the United States joined Mission Innovation’s Net-Zero Industries Mission, which focuses on developing and demonstrating cost-competitive solutions for decarbonizing hard-to-abate energy-intensive industries around the world by 2030. The mission completes DOE’s Energy Earthshots (TM) initiative to target the remaining solution points of the most challenging technical problems throughout our energy economy continues to work on clean energy breakthroughs. In September, the Department launched its sixth Energy Earthshot, the Industrial Heat Energy Earthshot. Additional DOE efforts in industrial decarbonization include opening a new Office of Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization, creating the G7 Industrial Decarbonization Agenda, and joining the Clean Energy Ministry’s Deep Industrial Decarbonization Initiative.
With hydrogen used as a versatile fuel for decarbonizing electricity generation and industrial applications, such as in buildings and manufacturing, the DOE, in collaboration with the governments of Japan and the United Kingdom, announced the winners of the H2 Twin Cities 2022 program. Launched by the United States at COP26, H2 Twin Cities is a global program under the Clean Energy Ministry’s Hydrogen Initiative to connect cities and communities around the world to deploy clean hydrogen solutions.
The H2 Twin Cities 2022 winners are:
- Mentor-Mentee Partnership H2 Twin Cities where the US city of Lancaster, CA, and Namie Town in Japan will serve as mentors to Hawai’i County, Hawaii to share lessons learned and collectively accelerate progress in clean hydrogen.
- Sibling Partners H2 Twin Cities where Aberdeen, UK, and Kobe, Japan, will collaborate as sister cities to promote clean hydrogen growth opportunities locally.
Additional DOE announcements made at COP27 to promote climate and clean energy action include:
- Launch of Mission Innovation Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Launchpad – A coalition of countries launched Mission Innovation’s Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Launchpad, a global effort to promote 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 pilot or demonstration-scale CDR project by 2025, contributing to Launchpad’s goal of providing at least $100 million collectively by 2025 to support CDR pilots and demonstrations globally, and providing support in a variety of ways to measurement progress, 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.
- Driving towards Zero-Emission Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles – Secretary Granholm signed a global Memorandum of Understanding to promote Zero-Emission Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles (ZE-MHDV). This MOU leverages the existing Biden-Harris administration’s approach to addressing the climate crisis, including an interagency agreement between the US Department of Energy, Transportation, Housing & Urban Development, and the US Environmental Protection Agency with the goal of creating a comprehensive blueprint for decarbonizing the transportation sector. In pursuing the ZE-MHDV MOU, the administration will leverage existing collaborations to drive these goals and engage with our international partners. Thanks to the billions of dollars in clean transportation investment provided by President Biden’s Agenda, the United States is in a good position to take a leading role in global clean transportation. technology. This non-binding MOU is part of the Drive to Zero Campaign of the Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI) under the Clean Energy Minister (CEM.)
- Decarbonizing Cement with Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) – This department works with the government and major cement companies to join the global public-private commitment to scale up CCUS in the cement sector. The organization will collaborate on the technical, economic, and social dimensions of the initial cement CCUS project to demonstrate how the field can develop quickly, effectively, and responsibly. This event brings together key players in this area to discuss how to accelerate this momentum and strengthen collaboration. Learn more
- Launching the African Center of Excellence for Carbon Management Technology and Innovation – In partnership with the Government of Nigeria, the DOE announced the new African Center of Excellence for Carbon Management Technology and Innovation, which will accelerate the risk and adoption of key innovations for the meeting. The goal of decarbonisation in Nigeria and other countries on the continent. Hosted by Nigeria, the Center will serve as a resource for the development and deployment of carbon management technologies across the energy, industry, agriculture, and marine sectors, as well as for the development of the workforce needed for that deployment. WATCH it here.
- Establishing a Clean Energy Training Center with Ghana – DOE, in partnership with Ghana plans to establish 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 settings.
- Announced 2023 Energy Earthshots Summits – To meet the ambitious targets set in the Department’s Energy Earthshots, DOE will hold summit events for the three recently announced Earthshots (Enhanced Geothermal, Floating Offshore Wind, and Industrial Heat) with the goal of leveraging diverse expertise and talent. in American universities, businesses, and national laboratories through new partnerships and new funding opportunities.
- Long-Duration Energy Storage Demonstration Funding – The Department will support Long-Duration Energy Storage (LDES) demonstration projects capable of delivering electricity for 10 to 24 hours or longer to support a low-cost, reliable, carbon-free power grid for nearly $350. million in funding under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. The LDES Demonstration Program will be managed by DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstration and will support up to 11 demonstration projects that will contribute to the Department-wide goal of reducing the cost of grid-scale energy storage by 90% within a decade.
- Establishing the Energy Efficiency Loan Fund Capitalization Grant Program – This DOE grant program will provide $250 million in capitalized grants to states to establish a revolving loan fund to help it manage loans and grants for energy efficiency audits, upgrades, and retrofits to improve energy efficiency and improve the comfort of the building.