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DOE Seeks Input on Strategies to Decarbonize America’s Industrial Sector

May 14, 2024

Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) today announced a request for information (RFI) to gain strategic and technical feedback on decarbonizing America’s industrial sector and positioning the United States as a leader in the global clean energy economy. The RFI will inform a new DOE vision study, Pathways for U.S. Industrial Transformations: Unlocking American Innovation, which will identify cost-effective and industry-specific strategic pathways to achieve a thriving U.S. industrial sector with net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.

Decarbonizing the U.S. industrial sector is an essential component of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and is key to tackling the climate crisis and revitalizing American manufacturing. The industrial sector accounts for one third of the nation’s energy-related CO2 emissions and is generally considered hard to decarbonize due to the diversity and complexity of energy inputs, processes, and operations across industries. Achieving a net-zero industrial sector by mid-century will require an aggressive, multidimensional approach of increased energy and materials efficiency; expanded use of low carbon fuels, feedstocks and energy sources; industrial electrification; and carbon management technologies. 

The RFI and corresponding Pathways for U.S. Industrial Transformations: Unlocking American Innovation study build upon the 2022 Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap, the Pathway to Commercial Liftoff: Industrial Decarbonization Report, and will consider the technical, financial, social, environmental, and health challenges and opportunities associated with the scale and pace of an industrial transformation.

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