California and New Zealand partner to advance global climate leadership

Governor Newsom and New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern establish new international climate partnership

The cooperation protocol aims to reduce pollution, strengthen the clean economy, accelerate the transition to clean energy and zero-emission vehicles, promote nature-based solutions, and more.

The memorandum also establishes a stronger framework for economic cooperation and trade

SAN FRANCISCO – Expanding California’s global climate leadership, Governor Gavin Newsom today established a new international climate partnership with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. California and New Zealand have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to address the climate crisis, reduce pollution and boost the clean economy, while emphasizing community resilience and partnership with leaders indigenous.

In the New Zealand Garden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, California and New Zealand have set common goals to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century, along with their joint cutting-edge policies in zero-emission transportation, climate innovation, clean energy generation, nature-based solutions, and zero-waste initiatives.

The MOC pursues these common goals through the sharing of information and best practices. A copy of the MOC signed today can be found here.

“Later, it will be too late to fight climate change, and California is taking aggressive action to strengthen the clean economy while reducing pollution in our communities — but we can’t do it alone,” said the Governor Newsom. “This partnership with New Zealand, another global climate leader, will strengthen the bonds between our two governments to deploy critical solutions that are essential to addressing this existential crisis.”

“No country is immune to the impacts of climate change, so it makes sense to work with like-minded partners to achieve our common goals,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “We both aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions by mid-century. This agreement means that we will work together to share our expertise and experience and collaborate on projects that will help us achieve each other’s goals.

Governor Newsom and Premier Ardern establish new climate partnership

California’s cutting-edge climate policies led the state to exceed its 2020 climate goal four years ahead of schedule and created partnerships across the United States and around the world. Governor Newsom has committed $47.1 billion to fight pollution, build climate-resilient water supplies, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, ensure grid reliability and accelerate clean energy solutions, and protect communities from extreme heat.

California’s ZEV market leads the country in all categories and the state ends sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035, reducing oil demand and driving partnerships across the country and around the world . In response to the Governor’s Executive Order on Nature-Based Solutions, which identified California land as a critical but underutilized sector in the fight against climate change, California last month released Pathways to 30×30 : Accelerating Conservation of California’s Nature strategy and Natural and Working Lands Climate-smart strategy.

Earlier this year, California signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Japan to advance cooperation on climate and clean energy priorities and strengthen trade relations. Governor Newsom also signed a memorandum of understanding with China to accelerate ongoing initiatives to protect the environment, reduce carbon and air pollution, and promote the development of clean technologies.

Last year, Governor Newsom and 24 governors of the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance pledged to collectively achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Governor Newsom and other coalition partners Under2 announced the transition to become a net zero coalition, increasing member ambition. states and regions. California has also joined the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance, which brings together national and subnational governments committed to advancing a just transition away from oil and gas production.

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