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US, UAE enter into clean energy partnership worth $100B: White House

The United States announced a clean energy partnership with the United Arab Emirates worth $100 billion, the White House has said.

The Partnership for Accelerating Clean Energy (PACE) will aim to develop low-emission energy sources to distribute 100 gigawatts of clean energy worldwide by 2035, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement on Tuesday.

The two countries will also invest in managing harmful emissions such as carbon and methane, as well as in developing nuclear technology and decarbonizing industrial and transportation sectors.

Funds will also go toward supporting “emerging economies whose clean development is both underfunded and essential to the global climate effort,” the statement said.

“PACE also reflects our unwavering commitment to working closely with allies and partners to accelerate the clean energy transition and deliver the climate action our shared future depends on.”

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Climate summit

The announcement comes days before world leaders convene in Egypt for the UN COP27 climate summit.

The UAE, a major oil producer, will host the COP28 in 2023.

The head of UAE oil giant ADNOC and the Gulf state’s special envoy for climate change, Sultan Al Jaber, said at an oil conference on Monday that oil remains a cornerstone of energy supply but that the UAE was also working to lower emissions and increase production from renewable or less-polluting sources.

Fossil fuels are the largest contributor to climate change, accounting for 75 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations.

COP26 last year ended with a pledge to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels – a goal the world is set to miss on current emission trends.

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