France signs green growth deal with three US states

Paris Climate Conference/signature of an agreement for green growth with governors of California, Washington State and Vermont – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy¹

Paris, 7 December 2015

Ségolène Royal signed three joint statements on behalf of France with Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State, and Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont, to promote innovation and technology-sharing in key sectors of green growth.

Ségolène Royal pointed out that “this cooperation between France and several US states will accelerate the creation of non-relocatable jobs and boost investment in the territories that are involved”.

The three statements aim at further intensifying efforts towards climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, particularly by enhancing collaboration between local authorities. This collaboration will also address the consequences of intense climatic events such as forest fires and floods.

Furthermore, several fields of the energy transition will be subject to common approaches:

- Water management: France and the three US states will share their best practices in the field of water resource management, including agricultural water supplies, flood risk management in basins and rising water levels;

- Transport: France and the three US states will develop technological applications in strategic areas of transport (high-speed rail, zero-emission vehicles, public transport and urban planning);

- Clean energies: France and the three US states will share their initiatives to promote the development of renewable energy, energy storage systems, smart grids and energy efficiency technologies;

- Sustainable construction and cities: France and the three US states will jointly develop innovative projects to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and develop more resilient cities;

- Collaborations at regional and local levels: France and the three US states will further develop joint research programmes related to infrastructure and sustainable urban growth./.

¹Source of English text: Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy website.

Published on 27/01/2016

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