The Industrial Innovation Initiative

Advancing industrial emissions reductions

The Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3) is an ambitious coalition focused on driving emissions reductions and job creation in key industrial sectors of the Midcontinent region, home to the greatest concentration of industrial production and associated emissions in the United States.

I3 builds on years of stakeholder engagement and extensive work advancing decarbonization solutions that are important to key industrial sectors. The Initiative brings together leading industry, technology, and power companies; environmental and labor organizations; and state officials to advance decarbonization solutions through policy generation and advocacy, technology deployment, and market development at the state, regional and federal levels.

New Report from an Industry-NGO-Labor Partnership Outlines Key Federal and State Recommendations for Actions to Support Decarbonization by Midcentury

A new report from the Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3), an industry-labor-NGO partnership, recommends a suite of policies for congressional and state action designed to help American industry decarbonize while retaining high-wage jobs, technological leadership and economic competitiveness.

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Meeting the industrial decarbonization challenge through innovation

The industrial sector encompasses a wide range of emission sources, many of which are difficult to decarbonize with existing technology and policy. Including electricity use, industry is responsible for 30 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest emitting sector in the US economy.1“Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sourcesgreenhouse-gas-emissions.” Without concerted effort, these emissions are expected to grow. The industrial sector is also critical to the US economy, employing 12.8 million people in 2019.2 US Bureau of Economic Analysis, Table 6.4D. Full-Time and Part-Time Employees by Industry; US Bureau of Economic Analysis, Industry Economic Account Data: GDP by Industry – Value Added. Yet policy and investments to address industrial emissions have remained a low priority compared to other sectors of the economy.

To meet midcentury climate goals, the US industrial sector must deploy a suite of emissions reductions and carbon removal solutions to abate around one billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent.3Source: US EPA annual inventory of GHG emissions and sinks Proactive, incentive-based policies to help decarbonize the industrial sector will position the nation to meet the decarbonization challenge while driving innovation and preserving a high-wage jobs base.

Paving the way for industrial sector decarbonization


Meeting the decarbonization challenge

The Midcontinent region remains the industrial heartland of the United States. Without concerted action, industrial emissions are expected to continue increasing over the coming decades. Yet efforts to address industrial emissions have remained a low priority compared to the electric power and transportation sectors.

Driving innovation

New innovative technologies are creating industrial decarbonization opportunities. At the same time, continued research, development, and deployment are needed to further build out the solution set and bring down costs for existing technologies. There is a unique opportunity for US industry to capitalize on these innovations and become a global leader in technology investment and adoption.

Preserving and creating a high-wage jobs base

The industrial sector is currently the fourth largest contributor to the United States’ gross domestic product. In 2019, the industrial sector added $2.4 trillion to the nation’s economy while employing 12.8 million people.

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