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U.S. Department of the Interior

During a multi-day trip to the United Kingdom last week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland highlighted the Interior Department’s leadership in addressing the climate crisis and promoting a net-zero economy.

During multiple events and opportunities at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Secretary Haaland and Interior Department leadership underscored the agency’s work to make communities more resilient to climate change, transition to a clean energy economy, honor Indigenous-led conservation, and address environmental justice.

Select press coverage is below:

The Biden-Harris Administration’s Progress on Clean Energy

Secretary Haaland visited several sites in Aberdeen, where she met with government, industry and organization representatives from the U.K. and discussed the Biden-Harris administration’s goals to accelerate a robust, sustainable clean energy economy.

Energy Voice: Senior US Gov figure visits north-east to learn about Scotland’s energy transition

To tie in with her visit to Scotland as part of a US delegation for COP26, Deb Haaland, the US Secretary of the Interior, was given a tour around SSE’s Peterhead Power Station in Aberdeenshire. During her trip she was given an insight into progress being made on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and offshore wind, two technologies that are beginning to gather pace across the pond.

Recharge News: 'Floating wind could take the US more than halfway to Biden's 2050 offshore goal'

Faced with the urgency of rapidly cutting emissions, offshore wind, particularly floating, could prove key to the US energy transition. Auctions ahead off California and planned leasing in other deepwater areas are an 'essential first step', writes Stephanie McClellan

Secretary Haaland Issues Global Offshore Wind Challenge at COP26

In her first event of COP26, Secretary Haaland highlighted the ongoing work in the United States to deliver on President Biden’s commitment to deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy by 2030. She also issued a global challenge for every applicable country to join in setting ambitious domestic offshore wind energy commitments.

Reuters: U.S. calls on nations to set bold targets for offshore wind

A top U.S. official on Thursday challenged nations to join the United States in setting aggressive goals to expand electricity production from offshore wind.

ABC News: Secretary of Interior issues global challenge for offshore wind energy

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Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland highlighted the ongoing efforts the U.S. is making to ramp up offshore wind production to encourage the rest of the world to set equally ambitious targets for commitments.

Indian Country Today: Deb Haaland talks offshore wind energy in Scotland

In her first news conference at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland described her global challenge for every applicable country to join in setting ambitious domestic offshore wind energy commitments.

The Climate Crisis and Indigenous Youth

Secretary Haaland hosted a virtual question-and-answer session with Indigenous youth to discuss the impacts of climate change on the rising generation. During the “Elevating Indigenous Youth” event at COP26, Secretary Haaland heard from youth from around the globe on how climate change is affecting their communities as well as actions they would like world leaders to undertake to achieve our international climate commitments for future generations.

Native News Online: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Promotes Indigenous Knowledge at COP26

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) and other Interior Dept. officials spent their last day of the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Department leaders spent their last day of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) highlighting Indigenous-led and nature-based solutions to address the dual crises of climate change and impacts to biodiversity.

Indigenous Led, Nature-Based Solutions to Address the Nature and Climate Crises

Secretary Haaland and Department leaders toured Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, one of two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002. They met with Michael Matheson, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, as well as a representative from the U.K. National Park Youth Committee. They discussed the important role that public lands, national parks and other conserved areas play in addressing the climate crisis, mitigating biodiversity loss, and educating the public about the issue.

The National: COP26: Deb Haaland in climate change research trip to Loch Lomond

US secretary of the interior Deb Haaland visited the national park at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to discover how they are dealing with climate change and biodiversity loss. She welcomed a joint statement by National Parks and Protected Areas across the world on tackling these twin threats.

The Press Journal: Native American politician embarks on research trip to Loch Lomond to combat climate change

US secretary of the interior Deb Haaland visited the national park at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to discover how they are dealing with climate change and biodiversity loss. She welcomed a joint statement by National Parks and Protected Areas across the world on tackling these twin threats.

About the U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

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