Net Zero World Initiative

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry, and other world leaders launched the Net Zero World Initiative™ that aims to accelerate global energy system decarbonization by partnering with specific countries to create highly tailored, actionable technology road maps and investment strategies that put net zero within reach at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

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Learn more about this initiative by watching the Net Zero World Initiative launch session at COP26 on the U.S. Center YouTube channel and the featured video that highlights the cross-laboratory involvement.

Addressing the Urgent Climate Crisis With Partners and Philanthropies All Over the World

Through the Net Zero World Initiative, the U.S. government is partnering with countries and philanthropies to accelerate global energy system decarbonization by spurring investment in all regions of the world to increase the speed and scale of transitions to net zero energy systems.

The Net Zero World Initiative will enable country partners to harness the power and technical expertise of U.S. federal agencies, world-class U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, businesses, think tanks, and universities, in collaboration with global partners and philanthropies, to meet these critical objectives to achieve net zero emissions:

  • Enable countries to rapidly achieve energy system-level decarbonization at national and subnational levels through holistic net zero road maps, investment plans and implementation support
  • Spur equitable and inclusive economic growth by scaling up private sector investment, deployment, job creation, and peer-to-peer learning aligned with national ambitions
  • Foster exchanges between U.S. leaders and among countries to replicate successes, build confidence, and inspire a race to the top across countries.

By joining the Net Zero World Initiative, country partners will have access to:

  • Immediate and sustained access to expert technical, deployment, and investment assistance from the U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Energy's world-class national laboratories
  • Financial support for in-country technical institutions (for developing country partners)
  • Deep collaboration with development of technical and investment plans and support for designing and implementing:
    • Technology pilots
    • Infrastructure modernization
    • Investment partnerships
    • Capacity building and workforce development, and other critical actions needed to achieve near- and long-term energy system decarbonization.

Graphic with the text "Activities and Outcomes." The activities are listed as net zero roadmaps, implementation support, and peer-to-peer exchanges. The outcomes are 1. Ambitious country-led visions, support for, and confidence in net zero energy transitions, 2. Accelerated progress in decarbonizing energy systems, 3. Mobilize investment to accelerate national and global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic–building back better.

The launch of the Net Zero World Initiative signals the commitment of the United States to partner with countries and philanthropies around the world to accelerate a global transition to net zero emission, inclusive, equitable, and resilient energy systems.

Partners

To date, the following countries and philanthropies have joined a broad team of U.S. government agencies and U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories in the Net Zero World Initiative:

U.S. federal agencies: U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

Governments: Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ukraine

Philanthropies: Breakthrough Energy, Lynne and Marc Benioff, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet

U.S. national laboratories: Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (interim coordinating lab), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Milestones

Following the launch of the Net Zero World Initiative by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry at COP 26, this initiative will aim to achieve these key milestones:

Graphic with Milestones text reading "By 2022, Assist with net zero energy technical and investment plans and support quick-win measures. By 2023, Provide deep cooperation to support priority policies and programs for countries to achieve net zero transitions. By 2024, Continue implementation support, create new clean energy jobs, and mobilize at least $10 billion in clean energy infrastructure and project investment."

Watch the Net Zero World Initiative launch at COP26 on the U.S. Center YouTube channel.

Contact Caroline.Uriarte@nrel.gov or Travis.Lowder@nrel.gov with any inquiries.

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