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Biden signs Executive Order to use full scale of procurement power to achieve climate change goals by 2030

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President of the United States of America (USA), Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an Executive Order that directs the federal government to use the full scale of its procurement power to achieve a suite of key climate change goals.

According to the White House, the five ambitious goals to be achieved are as follows: 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE) by 2030, at least half of which will be locally supplied clean energy to meet 24/7 demand; 100 percent zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) acquisitions by 2035, including 100 percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2027; Net-zero emissions from federal procurement no later than 2050, including a Buy Clean policy to promote use of construction materials with lower embodied emissions; A net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, including a 50 percent emissions reduction by 2032; and; Net-zero emissions from overall federal operations by 2050, including a 65 percent emissions reduction by 2030.

In addition to the five new commitments, the U.S. President also directed the federal government to orient its procurement and operations efforts in line with the following principles and goals: Achieving climate-resilient infrastructure and operations; Building a climate- and sustainability-focused workforce; Advancing environmental justice and equity; Prioritizing the purchase of sustainable products, such as products without added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); and Accelerating progress through domestic and international partnerships.

The White House said the executive action is part of the President’s broader commitment to increasing investments in America’s manufacturing industries and workers to build a better country. “By transforming how the federal government builds, buys, and manages its assets and operations, the federal government will support the growth of America’s clean energy and clean technology industries, while accelerating America’s progress toward achieving a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035,” the statement read.

It was further noted that President Biden’s Executive Order demonstrates how the United States government “will lead by example” to provide a strong foundation for American businesses to compete and win globally in the clean energy economy while creating well-paying, union jobs at home.

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