Net Zero World Initiative

The U.S. government, partner countries around the world, and philanthropies join forces to accelerate global energy system decarbonization by assisting countries in creating and implementing highly tailored, actionable technical and investment plans that put net zero within reach.

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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 enables country partners to harness the power and technical expertise of U.S. federal agencies, world-class U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, industry, 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 technical and investment plans and implementation support
  • Spur equitable and inclusive economic growth by scaling up private sector investment, deployment, expanding clean energy economies and job, 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 transformational actions 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 analysis and facilitation from the U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Energy's world-class national laboratories
  • Targeted support for in-country technical institutions (for developing country partners)
  • Deep collaboration with development of technical and investment plans and implementation support for:
    • Technology project design and testing
    • Infrastructure analysis and facilitation
    • Enabling policies and measures
    • Investment analysis and facilitation
    • 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: The Export Import Bank of the United States, The Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 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, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories

The Net Zero World Initiative will aim to achieve the following 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."

To learn more, watch the Net Zero World Initiative launch session at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) on the U.S. Center YouTube channel and the featured video that highlights the cross-laboratory involvement.

Contact Caroline.Uriarte@nrel.gov with any inquiries.

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