Third Way, BlueGreen Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Building Transparency, Rocky Mountain Institute, and League of Conservation Voters Applaud Biden Buy Clean Actions
WASHINGTON — Third Way, BlueGreen Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Building Transparency, Rocky Mountain Institute, and League of Conservation Voters applauded today’s announcement from the federal Buy Clean Task Force of its recommendations for industrial decarbonization, which comes on the heels of enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act – and $5 billion to support procurement of cleaner industrial materials:
“The Biden Administration is taking another major step towards meeting our climate goals by using the government’s vast purchasing power to grow the market for clean materials, helping to reduce industrial pollution, revitalize manufacturing, and create quality jobs for workers. As the largest purchaser of common construction materials like concrete and steel, the federal government is uniquely positioned to accelerate an already growing demand for cleaner products.
"Today's announcement that the federal government will prioritize the procurement of low-embodied carbon materials for public works projects is the latest example of the Administration's commitment to tackling industrial emissions while supporting U.S. manufacturing workers who produce some of the cleanest materials in the world.
"This important initiative to Buy Clean is designed to work in concert with the robust industrial investments in the Inflation Reduction Act, including roughly $5 billion to pilot the procurement of lower carbon concrete, steel, and other construction materials and a suite of programs and tax incentives to drive emissions reductions in these emissions-intensive heavy industrial sectors. These unprecedented investments complement the Task Force’s recommendations, and will help ensure a stronger, cleaner, and more resilient U.S. manufacturing base.”