President Biden headed late Thursday night to Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt to attend the 27th annual UN Climate Conference, or COP27.
Already at COP27, where ultimately more than 100 world leaders were set to speak over several days, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi called on the the world’s two biggest economies, the U.S. and China, to work together more closely on climate.
Biden is expected to discuss a new supplemental rule that cracks down on methane emissions in the U.S., an expansion on a similar regulation the White House introduced last year.
He’ll also highlight the climate change initiatives put forth in the Inflation Reduction Act, which Biden signed into law in August.
The U.S. has made a commitment of some $375 billion over a decade to fight climate change, giving Biden leverage to press other nations to follow through on their own pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to transition to green energy sources.
Egypt is the first leg on an overseas trip that will next take Biden to Cambodia. After that, he’ll travel to Indonesia where he’s set to have his first face-to-face meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.