Scotland and California Discuss Offshore Wind, Sign Climate Change MoU

Offshore wind was one of the topics at a meeting between Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Governor of California Edmund G. Brown held in Sacramento on 3 April, when the two governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to tackle climate change.

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As the two officials discussed how the two administrations can work together to achieve the ambitions set out in the Under2 MoU, they talked about the importance of offshore wind in tackling climate change and considered how the two governments could share knowledge and best practice in developing this technology.

The Scottish Government said it is committed to pressing ahead with plans to both set and deliver ambitious domestic measures to reduce carbon emissions and provide leadership and example in the spirit of the MoU and the historic Paris Agreement.

Following the meeting, the First Minister said: “Scotland is making huge progress in delivering our climate change ambitions, but we are not complacent and there is still much to achieve.

“Today’s meeting strengthened our relationship with the Government of California and I’m confident we can work together to achieve the targets set out by the Under2 MoU.

“We have also offered to help the Under2 Coalition, representing over 1 billion people, to prepare for a major summit in 2018 which will bring together the public and private sectors, alongside NGOs, to build support and action aimed at persuading national governments to increase their efforts to tackle climate change, in what will be an important year for taking stock against progress of the Paris Agreement.”