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Policy Issues


The United States’ commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and a net-zero power sector by 2035, provide a foundation for our prosperity and national security. The energy sector accounts for approximately 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing its carbon footprint is a critical component to move us toward the global goal of keeping Earth’s temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.  President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda calls for sustainable investments to advance America’s leadership on clean energy, develop resilient and transparent energy systems, and create the jobs of the future while meeting the threat of climate change.  The United States is integrating climate objectives across all our elements of our diplomacy, starting with energy diplomacy, which is at the center of the Bureau of Energy Resources’ (ENR) mission.

The Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) leads United States efforts to develop and execute international energy policy through diplomatic and programmatic engagement.  We do this by:

  • Supporting Power Sector Decarbonization, Resilience and Access
  • Promoting Energy Security in Key Regions
  • Securing Supply Chains for Energy Critical Mineral Resources
  • Implementing Targeted Energy Sanctions
  • Advancing U.S. Goals in International and Multilateral Energy Organizations

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