California and Norway sign new climate agreement

(16 Apr 2024)

Larkspur, California – 16 April 2024
1. Various signing new climate agreement
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:
"I’m here mindful of Norway’s leadership, not just on the issue of environmental stewardship, the work you’ve done to change the way you produce and consume energy, the work you’ve done to advance a low carbon green growth footprint and future. But also on the work you’ve done on reforming the criminal justice system."
3. Norwegian, American and California flags
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:
"It’s a point of pride to continue to invest in our efforts to change our strategies as it relates to our carbon footprint. It’s a point of pride that we dominate in America on solar. We dominate in electric vehicles. We’re dominating on battery storage, 757% increase in just the last few years in battery storage. We are proud of that leadership, and we want to see that we will not cede that regardless of the prevailing winds. My one political comment, regardless of the prevailing winds nationally, California’s firm in advancing its environmental strategies and its environmental leadership. So we’re grateful to all of you."
5. Wide of Norway minister speaking
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Christian Vestre, Norway Minister of Trade and Industry:
"When you have the right vision and the bold ideas and the bold leadership, we can actually achieve the goals and the sustainability journey we have all started on. I think that’s a true inspiration not only for Norway, but also from the entire world to learn from the Californian leadership. Second, I would say, as the governor said also, California has been leading the way for decades already on all the frameworks, on all the regulatory conditions and all the rules and regulations and all those things. And I think that has also made it quite predictable for the industry and for the private sector and for everybody actually to know where we are heading. And third, I have to mention, of course, this is the hub for technology and innovation. And if we are to solve the climate crisis, if we are to protect and restore nature and biodiversity, and at the same time, on a global level, eradicating poverty, fighting injustice, all the things we have committed on in the 17 sustainability goals, we have to work together and we have to find new technological approaches and the bold ideas moving ahead. And I mean for the Norwegian companies also to team up with their American and Californian counterparts, looking at all the opportunities. I mean, few years ago, a lot of the things we are discussing right now and a lot of the topics in the MoU used to be science fiction. It’s not anymore. Now we can implement offshore wind, we can implement carbon capture and storage. We do have electric vehicles already and soon they will be self driving fully autonomous. So again it’s about speed. Now it’s about collaboration. And it’s about also, letting the industry and private public partnerships work together with us so that we can speed up the transition, reducing the cost and then making it affordable for everybody."
7. California and Norwegian delegation leave press conference
California and Norway have signed a new partnership to increase their commitment to fighting climate change.

Governor Gavin Newsom hosted Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre during a tour of the Golden State.


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