While the United States. has not exactly been known as an international leader on reducing greenhouse emissions, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that the U.S. is currently helping to launch more than 10 international clean energy initiatives. The announcement took place at the world’s first Clean Energy Ministerial, a gathering of global leaders in Washington, D.C.
This recent gathering showcased countries that are launching and joining innovative initiatives to accelerate the global transition to a clean energy and low-carbon future. Ministers from 24 governments–from countries representing more than 80 percent of global energy consumption and a similar percentage of the global market for clean energy technologies–participated in the two-day Ministerial.
International initiatives supported by the U.S. are aimed at will cutting energy waste; helping to deploy smart grid, electric vehicle, and carbon capture technologies; supporting renewable energy markets; expanding access to clean energy resources and jobs; and supporting women who wish to pursue careers in clean energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these new programs will offer their international partners concrete, technical actions to promote economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants while eliminating the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants world-wide in the next 20 years.
“The Clean Energy Ministerial has brought together leaders from around the world to take unprecedented actions to deploy clean energy technologies – from energy efficiency to renewable energy to smart grids to carbon capture. These steps will promote economic growth, create jobs and cut greenhouse gas emissions,” said Secretary Chu, in a statement. “What we’ve seen here is that working together, we can accomplish more, faster, than working alone.”