Minister Barbara Pompili of the French Ministry of Ecological Transition and Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm of the US Department of Energy today issued a joint statement:
France and the United States share common objectives and a common will to fight against climate change and to work to achieve the ambitious goal set by the Paris Agreement. Our ministries, the French Ministry of Ecological Transition and the US Department of Energy, are taking urgent action to mitigate the current climate crisis by leveraging cutting-edge research and science to dramatically accelerate the deployment of energy technologies, disruptive innovations and policies that will deliver a cleaner, safer and more prosperous future.
We are united in a common ambition on both sides of the Atlantic: to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Achieving this common goal will require taking advantage of all the emission-free technologies currently available to us while simultaneously intensifying research, development and deployment across a suite of zero-emission energy sources and systems. Ensuring that these energy systems are efficient and reliable, integrating larger shares of renewable energies coupled with nuclear energy, which today represents a significant share of electricity production in our two countries, will be crucial for accelerate energy transitions. Achieving this common goal will also require a wide variety of favorable financing terms across the range of zero emission energy sources and systems.
In this regard, France and the United States are committed to working together on new technologies and the current energy transition in order to contribute significantly to zero carbon production solutions. Low-carbon and innovative power systems, which may include innovative nuclear energy technologies or new designs, such as small modular reactors, micro and other advanced reactors, will contribute to the expansion of renewable energies, support rural electrification, will produce hydrogen to decarbonise transport and other energies. sectors, help provide drinking water to water-scarce regions and support a range of cleaner industrial applications.
We are committed to transforming the threat posed by climate change into an opportunity to revitalize the energy sector and launch clean industries and technologies. Our ministries and industries are innovating in advanced low-carbon energy technologies in many sectors, including long-term storage, advanced transportation, smart energy systems, carbon capture use and storage, and advanced nuclear. All of them contribute significantly to zero-carbon generation solutions and we firmly believe that the transition to clean energy will boost long-term, well-paying jobs that hire locally, employ a diverse workforce, and empower entire communities.
Minister Pompili stipulate that; “To achieve the ambitious goal set by the Paris Agreement and effectively tackle the problem of climate change, the world’s major economies must combine their strengths and technological assets to provide innovative zero-carbon solutions. With the United States, we intend to give an international impetus on these aspects in the perspective of the next COP26. “
Secretary Granholm affirm that; “As leading innovators, the United States and France are stepping up their actions towards an irreversible path towards a net zero economy by 2050. We urgently need to provide innovative solutions that can be deployed around the world , leveraging our entire zero-emission generation. technologies such as nuclear, renewable energies and CCUS.