California and Australia sign historic climate partnership

The MoU is a historic climate partnership that commits to "reduce emissions from freight and maritime ports and to drive uptake of low carbon liquid fuels for aviation and maritime fuels."

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California and Australia announced a new climate partnership that takes action on shipping and port decarbonization. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom and The Honorable Dr. Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, which forges a new climate partnership between two of the largest economies in the world.

According to a press release, the MoU “outlines five years of cooperation between California and Australia on clean energy, clean transportation, clean technologies, nature-based solutions, climate adaptation, green finance and investment and circular economy.”

“California and Australia are on the front lines of the climate crisis,” Gov. Newsom said. “From extreme heat and historic drought to catastrophic wildfires and rising sea levels, the last few years have further crystallized the need for urgent action. It’s not enough for us to act alone. We’re coming together to confront the greatest crisis our world has ever known for the good of all Californians and Australians.”

The MoU is a historic climate partnership that commits to “reduce emissions from freight and maritime ports and to drive uptake of low carbon liquid fuels for aviation and maritime fuels,” Pacific Environment reported.

“I’m proud to join Governor Newsom for the signing of this landmark climate MoU,” Ambassador Rudd said. “While Australia and California face shared challenges from the climate crisis, we also share a mutual ambition to find bold solutions to combating climate change and achieving net zero emissions. This MoU accelerates our cooperation and affirms our intent to be global leaders in areas including clean transportation, clean energy, nature-based solutions, research and development, and climate-friendly business.”

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