California and Norway Ink New Climate Partnership
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LARKSPUR ~ Larkspur, California – In a move to combat the growing climate crisis, California has joined forces with Norway to advance clean energy and zero-emission transportation. Governor Gavin Newsom welcomed a delegation from Norway, led by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.

The MOU outlines four years of collaboration between California and Norway on various climate initiatives, including clean energy, zero-emission transportation and ports, carbon removal, and climate-smart agriculture. The agreement can be found here.

During the signing ceremony, Governor Newsom and Norway's Minister of Trade Jan Christian Vestre also signed a joint statement highlighting the new areas of collaboration. The statement also emphasized the existing partnership between the two governments on economic development and criminal justice reform. The full text of the joint statement can be found here.

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Governor Newsom expressed his enthusiasm for this partnership, stating that both California and Norway are world leaders in taking action against climate change. He believes that by working together, they can tackle this crisis and transform their economies for the better.

Norway's Minister of Trade Vestre echoed Governor Newsom's sentiments, stating that this MOU formalizes their cooperation in areas where they share common goals and policies. He also highlighted how their industries' expertise complements each other in achieving net-zero solutions.

This partnership is not a new venture for California as it has been actively forming alliances with other countries to address the climate crisis. Earlier this year, Governor Newsom welcomed a delegation from Sweden and signed a renewed climate partnership between the two governments.

In 2020, Governor Newsom led a delegation to China where they signed five MOUs with various Chinese provinces and municipalities. This trip also resulted in a declaration between China and California to cooperate on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning away from fossil fuels.

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California has also signed MOUs with other countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan, to tackle the climate crisis. The Governor has also joined forces with Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia to reaffirm their commitment to climate action.

California's world-leading climate policies have already exceeded its 2020 target six years ahead of schedule. This partnership with Norway is another step towards achieving their ambitious goals and setting an example for other states and countries to follow.

The signing of this MOU at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal is significant as it is home to one of the world's first clean hydrogen fuel cell passenger ferries. This project serves as a model for sustainable transportation and showcases California's commitment to reducing emissions.

With this new partnership in place, California and Norway are poised to make significant progress in addressing the climate crisis. As Governor Newsom stated, "From Oakland to Oslo, we've seen the worsening impacts of the climate crisis firsthand. But we also know that these challenges bring a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our economies to work for everyone."

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