November 3, 2021
News Release

Net Zero World Initiative to Accelerate Global Clean Energy

PNNL, national laboratories to provide expertise in decarbonization to international partners

Image of globe with the text "Net Zero World Initiative" over it

The Net Zero World Initiative brings together expertise from DOE national laboratories, federal agencies, and partner countries and leadership from the business community, the philanthropic community, civil society, and international institutions to usher in clean energy transformations and put global net zero within reach.

(Composite image by Graham Bourque | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

RICHLAND, Wash.As announced by President Joe Biden at COP26 in Glasgow, the Department of Energy is leading an initiative to accelerate global energy system decarbonization. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry launched the Net Zero World Initiative together today with U.S. philanthropic leaders and international ministers.

Video: the U.S. Center

Through the Net Zero World Initiative, expertise from DOE national laboratories, federal agencies, and partner countries and leadership from the business community, the philanthropic community, civil society, and international institutions will be harnessed to usher in clean energy transformations and put global net zero within reach.

Six DOE national laboratories currently play a role in the initiative. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will aid in advancing decarbonization by providing expertise in environmental impact analysis and applied energy technologies, and in-country capacity building with our international partners. 

“PNNL is eager to collaborate with our international partners in decarbonizing their economies,” said PNNL Director Steven Ashby. He noted that the Laboratory will share, “capabilities in climate change impact assessment, smart building technologies, energy storage solutions, and decades of experience in international technology deployments.”

Read DOE’s announcement here.

# # #

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory draws on its distinguishing strengths in chemistry, Earth sciences, biology and data science to advance scientific knowledge and address challenges in sustainable energy and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit https://​ener​gy​.gov/​s​c​ience. For more information on PNNL, visit PNNL's News Center. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.