To make the government carbon-neutral by the end of 2050 Biden plans to expand the federal fleet of EVs
- On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order leveraging the federal government’s purchasing power to reduce carbon emissions by 65 percent by 2030. By the mid-century mark, it will be carbon neutral.
- Under the order, the White House intends to spend billions of dollars to expand a federal fleet of electric vehicles and upgrade government-owned or leased buildings. This will increase the amount of clean electricity on the grid.
- The government will spend $650 billion of its annual purchasing power to upgrade the efficiency of its 300,000 buildings and replace its 600,000 cars and trucks with electric vehicles.
Aim to become Carbon-Neutral
The new plan, which will almost certainly be met with opposition from some Republicans and businesses, puts the government on track to run on carbon-free electricity by 2030. By 2050, they hope to have achieved net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The government will spend $650 billion of its annual purchasing power to improve the efficiency of its 300,000 buildings. According to a White House fact sheet, they will also replace their 600,000 car and truck fleet with electric vehicles. According to Biden’s directive, the government will transition to purchasing 100 percent zero-emission vehicles for its fleet by 2035. This includes the purchase of all light-duty vehicles by 2027.
To meet these targets, the White House said it will work with American vehicle, battery, and charging equipment manufacturers and installers. In November, the president signed into law a bipartisan infrastructure plan that includes $7.5 billion for the construction of a national network of electric vehicle charging stations.
What does the order direct?
The order directs the government to reduce federal building emissions by half by 2032 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045. It also includes the development of at least 10 gigatonnes of new clean electricity generation capacity in the United States by 2030.
The order also comprises a “buy clean” initiative that directs the government for promoting the use of lower-emissions items. They hope that by doing so, they will be able to expand the market for sustainable and low-carbon goods made in the United States.
“By transforming how the federal government constructs, purchases, and manages its assets and operations, the federal government will support several initiatives.” They include the expansion of America’s clean energy and clean technology industries, according to the White House.
The administration also emphasized how some agencies are already working to meet the executive order’s goals.