Second High-Level Meeting of the United States-France Bilateral Clean Energy Partnership

The second high-level meeting of the Franco-American Clean Energy Partnership was held in Washington, DC, under the co-chairmanship of the United States Department of Energy, the United States Department of State, the French Ministry of Energy Transition and the French Ministry of Energy. Europe and Foreign Affairs. This partnership aims to address: (i) energy policy, technology and innovation; and (ii) diplomatic efforts to accelerate energy transitions and achieve climate goals.

The meeting came at an unprecedented time for global energy markets as governments, industry and stakeholders seek to address global challenges. Russia’s unwarranted and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine and the weaponization of energy have caused untold suffering in Ukraine as well as economic suffering worldwide. In the face of a rapidly changing energy landscape, the Co-Chairs underscored the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and France and the pursuit of a close partnership on bilateral energy and climate priorities.

The Co-Chairs approved several bilateral opportunities for collaboration that form the basis of the U.S.-France Bilateral Clean Energy Partnership Roadmap. Furthermore, the co-chairs expressed their common will to further strengthen coordination and deepen cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy and decided to establish a core group on nuclear energy within the framework of the partnership. They also decided to continue discussions on energy security, including LNG supply. The Co-Chairs look forward to working closely together on the clean energy transition – the only long-term solution for our countries’ energy security.

In addition, the co-chairs welcomed a 10-year agreement to expand cooperation under the Low-Carbon Energy Technology Cooperation Agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of the Commissioner to Atomic Energy and French Alternative Energies.

The Co-Chairs took note of the upcoming State visit to the United States of French President Emmanuel Macron. This will be the Biden administration’s first state visit to France.

The United States and France share an opportunity and a commitment to address the challenges of energy security and transition. Our two countries’ determination to prioritize clean energy research, development, demonstration and deployment is intended to accelerate the global transition to a cleaner and more secure energy future.