At the beginning of January, the US Departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency released a landmark plan for the decarbonization of the whole US transport sector that could accelerate the green economy future.
The four agencies launched a framework of strategies and actions to remove all emissions from the transportation sector by 2050 – a goal that is part of the country’s mission to address the climate crisis by achieving a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The plan is called: “US National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization: A Joint Strategy to Transform Transportation” and it’s a first-of-its-kind strategy for federal leadership and partnerships to decarbonize the entire US transport sector.
It was jointly announced by US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan.
The Blueprint aims to address critical issues related to the transportation sector like emissions and costs. The carbon footprint of transportation accounts for a third of all US greenhouse gas emissions and not to mention, it negatively affects people’s health and well-being. Transportation costs are also the second largest annual household expense in the country.
The plan aims to provide solutions to these issues and lie the foundation of interagency calls to action to coordinate and work effectively on the transition and guide all future policies decarbonizing transportation.