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FACT SHEET: Tackling Climate Change and Creating Clean Energy Jobs in the Americas

June 09, 2022

Our hemisphere is facing the devastating impacts and costs of climate change. We must tackle the climate crisis and harness the opportunity for countries in the region to create good-paying jobs, grow clean energy economies, and build resilient communities. At the Summit of the Americas, President Biden will affirm the U.S. commitment's to building an enduring hemispheric partnership to address climate change, create jobs, and advance energy security.

U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030): Vice President Harris will launch PACC 2030, a new framework to elevate U.S. cooperation with Caribbean countries to support climate adaptation and strengthen energy security, while building the resilience of critical infrastructure and local economies to the climate crisis. To achieve these objectives, PACC 2030 will organize its activities and programs under four pillars: 1) Improving Access to Development Financing; 2) Facilitating Clean Energy Project Development and Investment; 3) Enhancing Local Capacity Building; and 4) Deepening Collaboration with our Caribbean Partners. PACC 2030 will work towards meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Strengthening the Clean Energy Economy: The Administration is committing to strengthen the clean energy economy in the Americas, first by promoting trade and investment in clean energy, and second by encouraging regional collaboration through the Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean (RELAC) initiative. Five new countries announced on June 9 they will work together with the 15 existing members of RELAC to achieve the collective target of 70% installed capacity for renewable energy generation in the region's electricity sector by 2030. The Administration is also announcing its intent to provide funding support for technical cooperation on regulatory and policy frameworks under RELAC and to work with regional development banks, private financial institutions, and other partners to mobilize additional resources.

100,000 Strong in the Americas Climate Initiative (100K CLIMA): 100K CLIMA will build on region-wide alliances between industry, governments, and 2,500 higher education institutions to catalyze climate action and collaboration by equipping students with technical and linguistics skills to lead in a clean energy economy. This initiative is supported by the Department of State with leading private sector partners, as well as the CAF Development Bank of Latin America. A diverse array of U.S. colleges and universities will be included in 100K CLIMA, providing critical access to new models of inclusive education exchange programs for students and faculty from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). 100K CLIMA will increase innovative models of social inclusion in training, exchanges, and workforce development programs in the pursuit of a more sustainable future for our hemisphere.

Mobilizing Climate Finance: In response to a collective commitment from four regional development banks to make as much as $50 billion available over the next five years to support ambitious climate action, the United States is enhancing coordination with these institutions to mobilize additional financing from the private sector and other sources. The four banks are the Inter-American Development Bank, where the United States is the largest shareholder, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). Several U.S. Government agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States will support this effort.

Amazonia Connect: In recognition of the potential for forests and other ecosystems to provide as much as one-third of global climate mitigation by 2030, the United States announced its intent to provide $12 million to support Brazil, Colombia, and Peru through Amazonia Connect. This initiative will contribute to the President's Plan to Conserve Global Forests: Critical Carbon Sinks by reducing commodity-driven deforestation and associated greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural supply chains while conserving biodiversity, improving livelihoods, and enhancing climate resilience.

Joseph R. Biden, FACT SHEET: Tackling Climate Change and Creating Clean Energy Jobs in the Americas Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/356400

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