August 13, 2022

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Remarks at the 7th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue – News

John
Kerry,
Special
Presidential
Envoy
for
Climate

Ernest
J.
Moniz,
President
&
Chief
Executive
Officer,
Energy
Futures
Initiative


As
Prepared

Thank
you,
thanks
so
much,
Dr.
Crane.
Thanks
for
a
very
kind
introduction
and
for your
role
here.

I’m
very
delighted,
I’m
really
delighted
to
be
with
all
of
you
today.
I
want
to begin
by thanking
my
friends, Ministers Heiko Maas and
Peter Altmeier.
Less
than
two
months
in,
I’m
very
confident that all together, with
the
help
of
good
friends like
them
and
many
others
around
Europe we’re
going
to be
able
to make
a
world
of
difference
for
our
countries
and really
for
the
whole
world.
Our
shared
work
on
climate
is
absolutely
critical
needless
to
say.

I
want
to
congratulate
you
for hosting the
7th Berlin
Energy
Transition Dialogue. Germany’s Energiewende is
an
inspiration,
an
important
moment
to
exchange
ideas.
It
reflects
a
long
period,
really decades
of
determination
to
transition
away
from
fossil
fuels
and
pioneer
a
new
path  for
our
countries
to
follow.

I also want
to
acknowledge the role
Germany
has
played, leading
efforts
to
form
a
consensus
among
EU
members on
a
more
ambitious
2030
climate
target
and,
simultaneously, a
COVID-relief
package
that
promises
a
green
recovery. It’s
fair
to
say
that
you’ve
always
been
a
stalwart
ally
in
the
climate
fight,
but
in
recent
years,
I personally
have been
particularly
grateful
for Germany’s
leadership

not only
within
the
EU
but
also
through multilateral
fora – the
G7, the G20, the
UN
Security
Council where
we
worked
very
closely
together
on
the
Iran
Nuclear
Agreement
as
well
as
Paris
and
other
things,
and obviously
as
we
gear
up
for
COP
26
in
Glasgow at
the
end
of
the
year.

I
guess
it’s
really
cliché,
and
we
keep
having
to
reach
for
the
language
that
adequately
conveys
the
measure
of
this
threat,
but
it
is
true
that
the
stakes
have
literally
never
been
higher
than
they
are
now. We’re
in
what
I
think is the decisive
decade
for
climate
action.
Why?
Because
even
if
we
did
everything
we’ve
laid
out
in
the
Paris Agreement,
we’re
still
seeing
a
warming
of
the
earth’s
temperature
to
about
3.7
degrees,
and
we’re
not
doing
everything. Because
clearly,
to
hold
the
earth’s
temperature
to
1.5
degrees,
as
well
as
to
get
to
net
zero
by
2050,
you
don’t
start
in
2030
or
2040.
You’re
going
to
start
now much
more
effectively
than
we
have
been.
So
we
are
in
the
decade
of
decision.
And the
decisions
we
make
right
now,
leading
up
to
Glasgow
and
following
up
through
Glasgow,
are
going
to
truly
write
the
future.

President
Biden understands this,
as
well
as,
obviously,
many
of
your
leaders
and
you. And
that
is
why
he
ran
on
the
single
most
ambitious,
comprehensive
climate
platform
of
any
presidential
candidate
in
U.S.
history.

It’s
also
why,
just
hours
after
being
sworn
in
as
president,
he
rejoined
the
Paris
Agreement.
And
a
few
days
later
he
also
signed
executive
orders
placing
climate
squarely at the
center
of
every
single
decision
that
we
are
going
to
be
making in
the
U.S.
government.
It
is
a
government-wide
initiative,
and
climate
must
be
front
and
center
in
every
decision
that
is
made.
And
the
reason
for
that
is
pretty
simple,
I
guess
you
all
understand
it
better
than
I
do,
probably,
but
I’m
going
to
repeat,
to
some
degree
anyway,
the
obvious. Because
the
obvious
is
what is
going
to
drive
us
to
actually
solved
this.
And
the
obvious
is
that
no
one
country
can
solve
this
problem.
China
is
30%
of
emissions,
we’re
15%
of
emissions,
the
EU
is
somewhere
around
9%
of
emissions,
India,
following, Russia.
Twenty
countries
equal
about
81%
of
all
the
emissions
on
the
planet. And
that
tells
you
a
story,
not
only
about
the
challenge,
but
about
the
responsibility.

We
need,
absolutely,
without
any
question
at
all, to forge
an
international
strategy
that
galvanizes
the
world, that drives greater
ambition
from
every single country,
even
the
less
developed
countries
that
could
make
a
choice
not
to
build
a
coal-fired
power
plant and to
do
what’s
necessary
to
leapfrog,
hopefully
with
the
help
of
the
technologically
more
advanced
and
financially
more
advanced
countries.

Next
month,
President
Biden is
hosting
a Leaders Summit
on
Climate –
April
22nd,
Earth
Day
– to
ensure
that
we
continue
to
hit
the
ground
running.
The
Summit
is
an
opportunity
for the United
States and others to ensure
we
are reengaging on the
global
climate.
From
our
point
of
view,
we
really
feel
a
responsibility
to
be
doing
that thoughtfully,
strategically,
and
at
the
highest
levels
of
government. As
part
of
the
Summit, President
Biden is
going
to reconvene the
Major
Economies
Forum
– those
20
countries
I’m
referring
to,
those
countries responsible
for most
of
the
emissions –
and
we’re
going
to
do
this
with
a
view
to
trying
to
make
sure
we
are
all pulling hard in
the
same
direction because
that
decade,
the
decade
of
2020s,
has
got
to
be
the
decade
of
ambition
and
the
decade
of
decision
and
the
decade
of
action.
So
it’s
a
sprint.
And
it’s
a
sprint
towards substantial
emission
reductions
by
2030.
Why?
Because
I’ll
tell
you
if
you
get
to
2030,
ask
any
of
your
scientists,
any
of
your
technical
people,
the
curve
that
you
then,
the
steepness
of
the
curve
that
you
then
have
to
get
on
to
meet
2050
net
zero
is
pretty
impossible
to
achieve
barring
a
genius/miraculous
breakthrough
on
storage
or fission
or
fusion
or
direct
capture
or
battery
storage,
I
mean
the
number
of
things
that
obviously
we’re
pursuing
assiduously.

I have
said
many
times that
the
United
States comes
to
this
rejoining, this
new
effort,
with
genuine
humility
as
well
as
ambition.
The
humility comes
from
our knowing
that because
of
our
country,
four
years
of
leadership
was
lost,
four
years of effort
by
our
nation
in
a
unified
way
because
of
the preceding President
pulling
out
of
that
agreement. Humility
also
because
we
know
that
no
one
country
is
going
to
make
all
the
difference,
no
continent
alone
can
get
this
done.

Ambition
is
also
what
brings
us
to
the
table.
Ambition
knowing
that
at
the
COP
in
November, we
either
all
raise
our
sights
at
COP26
in
Glasgow,
or,
believe
me,
we
all
fail.

I
think
every
one
of
you
would
agree
that
failure
is
not
an
option. We
hear
constant
talk
about
how
the
climate
crisis
is
existential,
and
yet
I
ask
you
to
ask
yourself
whether
you
believe
we
are
actually
responding
as
if
it
was
in
fact
existential.
So
failure
is
not
an
option,
and
ambition
is
the
only
really
critical
thing
that
we
have
to
all
focus
on
simultaneously,
and
come
not
only
to
the
meeting
in
Washington
in
April
but
to
the
March
31st meeting
which
Europe,
China,
and
other will
hold,
to
subsequent,
to
the
G7,
to
the
UN,
to
the
G20,
and
ultimately
to the COP, where
we
have
an
opportunity
to
codify all
of
these
good
intentions.

We
know
that
success
means
tapping
into
the very best
of
global
ingenuity, the
best
of creativity, of diplomacy,
from
brain
power
to
alternative
energy
power,
using
every single tool
we
have
to
get
where
we
need
to
go and
to
accelerate
the
pace.

We
know
that a zero-emissions
future
offers
huge
opportunity
for
business, unbelievable
opportunity.
We’re
actually
looking
at
the
largest
market
human
beings
have
ever
known. We’re
looking
at
the
greatest
growth
potential
we’ve
ever
known. We’re
currently
4.5
to
5
billion
users
in
this
market.
It’s
now
already
a
multi-trillion
dollar
market.
But
because
of
what
we’re
all
going
to
need
to
do,
it’s
going
to
become
an
even
bigger
market,
bigger
financially
and
bigger
in
terms
of
the
returns
on
investment,
and
bigger
certainly
in
the
challenge.
But
the
truth
is
that
we’re
going
to
go
up
to
9
billion
people
from
the
current
users,
and
we
have
a
billion
people
without
any
electricity,
and it’s
going
to
be
in
the
double
digits
of
trillions
of
dollars
on
an
annual
basis.
So
a
zero-emissions
future
offers
enormous
job
creation.
I’ll
just
share
with
you
that
the Bureau
of Labor Statistics
in
the
United
States
recently
put
out
that
there
are
only
three
jobs
in
America
that
are
going
to
have
more
than
50%
growth.
The
highest
is
at
62%
and
that’s
wind
turbine
technician.
The
second
is
practicing
nurses, registered
nurses,
and
we
all
know
why
that’s
growing.
And
then
the
third
is
solar
panel
installer
and
that’s
at 51%,
the
top
at
62%.
So
enormous
growth
potential
is
staring
us
in
the
face.

We
also
know
that,
for
all
of
you
tuning
in
today,
I
know
that
there’s
a
great
deal
of
commitment,
everybody’s
among
the
committed,
but
the
fact
is
that
we
have
to
acknowledge
the
degree
to
which we
have
our
work
cut
out
for
us.
And
we
have
to
get
beyond
some
of
the
happy
talk about
NDCs
when
people
are
putting
out
a
national defined* contribution
that
clearly
is
not
going
to
get
the
job
done.

According
to
the
most
recent
statistics,
emissions
globally
rose
over
the
years
since
Paris.
While
2020
saw
a temporary drop
in
global
emissions
due
to
COVID,
they
are
again
on
the
rise

and
many
analysts are
predicting
a
very quick
rebound
unless
much
more
stringent incentives
or policies
are
put
in
place. The
science
community
has
given
us
a very clear
picture
of
the
chaos
that
awaits
us
if
we
don’t
limit
warming
to
1.5
degrees.
Paris
says
well
below
2
degrees or
1.5
degrees if
we
can
achieve
it.
But
the
latest
IPCC
reports
tell
us
there’s
no
longer
a
great
variant
available
to
us –
we
need
to
try
to
achieve
the
1.5.
To
be
on
track
to
get
1.5,
and even have a
66% probability
of
keeping
global
temperatures
from
rising
more
than that 1.5,
we
need
to cut
global
emissions
in
half
by
2030. I
wasn’t
kidding
when
I
said
that
this
is the decisive
decade.

Now to
get
where
we
need
to
be, we
need
to phase
out
coal
five
times
faster
than
we
have
been doing
it, based
on
the
comparison
with
the
trend
from
2013-2018,
increase
tree
cover about five
times
faster,
ramp
up
renewable
energy about 6
times
faster,
and
transition
to
electric
vehicles
at
a
rate about 22
times
faster.

Can
you
do
it? Can we
do
it? Yes,
we
can do
it. It’s not
a
question
of
feasibility,
it’s
a
question
of
political
will.
It’s
a
question
of
whether
or
not many
corporations,
some
of
whom
have
been
in
denial
for
these
past
years
in
our
country,
are
going
to
turn
around
and
see
this
economic
opportunity staring them
in
the
face.
So
I
believe
we
can
do
it.
It’s
not
easy,
but
the
United
States
and
Germany
particularly
by
virtue
of
the
course
we
are
already
pursuing,
I
think
ought
to
give
people
some
confidence.

Our
two
countries
are
pretty
well
aligned
in
our
fundamental
goals
of
leading
the
world
to
develop
innovative,
clean
technologies,
transforming
energy
systems
across
the
board,
achieving
net
zero
greenhouse
gas
emissions
across
global
economies
by
2030
or
before
that.

And
together
we
have
a
long
history
of
leadership
on
the
energy
transition.
Both
of
our
countries
are
working
hard
right
now
to
bring
about
a
sustainable
energy
transition
by
investing
in
a
clean
economy
and
in
the
industries
of
the
future
to
drive
economic
growth,
create
good
jobs
on
both
sides
of
the
Atlantic.
And
we’re
seeing
a
lot
of
examples
of
this
partnership,
specifically - Ford
announced
in
February
2021
a
one-billion-dollar
investment
and
an
ambitious
timeline
to
transform
its
cologne
factory
into
an
electric
vehicle
production
facility.
Ford’s
first
European-built
all-electric
passenger
vehicle
will
be
available
by
2023. Tesla
is
set
to
open
up
its “Gigafactory
Berlin-Brandenburg” by
the
end
of
the
year. And
we
all
ought
to
note
that
Tesla,
a
one
brand
car,
i.e.,
electric,
it’s
all
they
make,
is
the
highest
valued
automobile
company
in
the
world.
That’s
a
sign. The Berlin-Brandenburg factory
aims
to
become
the
most
advanced
high-volume
electric
vehicle
production
plant
in
the
world. Amazon,
which
has
invested
heavily
in
mobility
initiatives
in
Germany,
has
deployed
part
of
its
new
fleet
of
environmentally
friendly
vehicles
at
its
newest
German
hub
in
Leipzig.

So,
this
is
just
honestly
the
beginning
of
what
is
possible.
The
truth
is
the
global
energy
transition
is
gaining
momentum
every
single
day,
and
thanks
in
no
small
measure
to
Germany’s
sustained
decades-long
effort
to
pioneer
the
use
of
clean
technologies.
Germany’s
landmark
EEG
law
at
the
turn
of
the
21st
century
set
off
a
boom
in
solar
and
wind
power
for
the
next
two
decades,
and
by
guaranteeing
a
premium
price
for
renewable
energy,
Germany
created
an
early
market
for
emerging
technologies
that
has
gone
on
to
flourish
all
around
the
world.

In
fact,
we
worked
hand-in-hand
to
create
that
early
solar
market
and
after
Germany’s
EEG
law
created
that
rapidly
growing
solar
market,
the
Obama-Biden Administration
harnessed
the
2009
recovery
act
in
the
United
States
to
support
the
first
five
utility-scale
solar
projects
in
the
world
greater
than
100
megawatts,
launching
a
utility-scale
solar
revolution.
That
is
something
we
should
apply
as
a
lesson
to
what
we
need
to
do
now.
Today,
solar
is
the
cheapest
and
fastest
growing
power
source
around
the
world,
and
those
of
you
involved
in
it
know
that
there
is
new
technology
changing
some
of
the
ingredients
of
the
solar
panel
that
will
make
a
solar
panel
perhaps
as
much
as
40% more
efficient,
which
will
be
even
a
further
revolution
in
the
possibilities
for
countries
that
need
to
avoid
coal
and
leapfrog
to
the
future.

So
today,
countries
in
every
corner
of
the
world
watch
Germany
bring
down
the
cost
of
renewable
energy
and
solve
the
technical
challenges
of
integrating
intermittent
wind
and
solar
onto
the
grid.
And
that
example
has
now
emboldened
countries
such
as
India
to
even
more
decisively
invest
in
clean
energy
transition,
and
I
think
that’s
a
critical
lesson.

Germany
is
also
setting
examples
of
how
to
manage
not
just
the
deployment
of
new
technologies
but
the
transition
to
those
new
technologies.
I
think
Germany
produces
45% of
its
electricity
now
from
renewables, more
than
the
proportion
from
fossil
fuels,
and
it
has
developed
tools
from
virtual
power
plants
to
long-distance
transmission
to
maintain
power
reliability
even
at
the
highest
penetrations
of
renewable
energy.

It’s
also,
I
think,
showing
the
world
a
new
way
to
transition
from
coal
power,
a
tough
decision,
a
big
decision,
and
we
all
know
how
brutally
politically
complicated
some
of
these
decisions
can
be.
But
it
concluded
the
first
round
of
auctions
to
retire
coal
and
that’s
a
creative
mechanism
that
pays
plant
owners
to
shut
down
and
it
elicits
the
lowest
market
price
to
do
so.
And
the
government
has
developed
a
4
billion
euro
plus
compensation
package,
really
critical,
a
compensation
package
to
help
affected
companies
and
workers
as
the
industry
transitions
by
2038,
consistent
with
its
law.

So,
my
friends,
it’s
critical
that
we
decarbonize
power,
and
President
Biden
has
now
committed,
he
committed
actually
during
the
campaign
but
he’s
now
codifying
this
in
the
executive
orders
and
in
all
of
the
planning
that
he’s
doing,
to
make
sure
that
we
in
the United
States are
completely
carbon
free
in
our
U.S.
power
sector
by
2035.
More
broadly,
the Administration
plans
to
decarbonize
all
sectors
of
the
economy
not
just
power
by
putting
the
United
States
on
a
net
zero
emissions
path
by
no
later,
by
achieving
net
zero
no
later
than
2050,
and
sooner
if
at
all
possible.

Now
let
me
share
one
last
thought
or
a
couple
thoughts
with
all
of
you.
Some
politicians,
demagogues
usually,
want
to
try
to
scare
people
and
say,
“oh
this
transition’s
going
to
mean
you’re
going
to
have
to
give
up
your
lifestyle,”
or
you
know,
“you
won’t
be
able
to
turn
on
the
tv,”
or
whatever,
the
scare
tactics
are
quite
extraordinary.
But
quite
the
opposite.

What
I’ve
just
described
is
the
greatest
revolution
we’ve
seen,
as
I
said,
since
the
industrial
revolution.
And President
Biden’s Build Back Better
agenda
aligns
job
creation
with
the
task
of
slashing
emissions
with
clean
energy.
For
example,
we’re
going
to
ramp
up
public
procurement
of
zero
emission
vehicles
as
we
clean
up
the
transportation
sector,
which
is
the
largest
source
of
U.S.
emissions.
We
are
going
to
accelerate
clean
energy
development.
We’re
going
to
level
a
currently
tilted
playing
field,
astonishingly
even
in
2021,
still
it
has
been
tilted
more
towards
fossil
fuel
than
towards
the
renewables.
We
are
going,
the
President
has
instructed
all
our
federal
agencies
to
eliminate
fossil
fuel
subsidies,
to
pause
new
oil
and
gas
leases
on
federal
lands
and
waters,
and
to
speed
up
clean
energy
investment.
And
around
the
world
we’re
going
to
promote
fuel-based
energy
while
simultaneously
advancing
the
alternative
renewables.

So,
my
friends,
we
have
a
lot
to
achieve
together.
Germany
has
unveiled
a
very
impressive
9-billion-euro
national
hydrogen
strategy.
I
think
there
are
many
other
things
we
can
do
and
there’s
certainly
a
lot
of
things
that
we
can
work
on
together.
We
have
a
chance
to
transform
the
way
people
live
for
the
better.
Better
health,
less
disease,
much
greater
job
growth,
better
economy,
in
the
long
run
more
stable,
and
finally
greater
security
for
all
of
our
nations.
I
think
this
is
a
transition
worth
being
excited
about
and
I’m
delighted
to
join
you
today
to
talk
about
that.

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