US and Argentina join forces against climate change

The US and Argentina have announced an alliance to tackle climate change. The climate deal between the two countries aims to boost renewables, energy efficiency projects and reduce carbon emissions. […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The US and Argentina have announced an alliance to tackle climate change.

The climate deal between the two countries aims to boost renewables, energy efficiency projects and reduce carbon emissions.

US President Barack Obama and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri said they will work together to secure a deal on aviation and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions.

The US has committed to provide assistance on market reform, system optimisation and integration of renewable energy in the South American power grid.

The two nations have also pledged to sign and join the Paris agreement “as soon as feasible”.

During a visit to Latin America last week, Mr Obama said: “President Macri’s support for the Paris agreement was critical to its success. His commitment to sign the agreement and pursue its ratification this year will be critical to bringing it into force. Argentina has set impressive targets for producing clean energy and they plan ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions.

“I pledged to President Macri that we would provide any technical assistance that he thought would be useful in developing the incredible resources and clean energy strategies that he’s interested in pursuing here in Argentina.”

Last month, the US Supreme Court blocked Barack Obama’s plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.