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Laying the Foundation of Cement and Concrete Decarbonization

Decarbonizing the industrial sector has long been challenging due to the number of different subsectors and the variety of emissions sources. This is the first post in a series that will break down the complexities of industrial emissions by walking through the top four industrial subsectors and how we can decarbonize them. First up, decarbonizing our concrete landscape.

Carbon Action Alliance Launches to Spur Carbon Reduction Efforts Nationwide

The Great Plains Institute today launched the Carbon Action Alliance, a new initiative to align and grow a network of government, industry, labor, environmental, and community partners to work together toward a common goal of achieving economywide deployment of carbon management and industrial decarbonization technologies in the United States to achieve net-zero emissions by midcentury.

Industrial Innovation: The Wins & The Work Still Ahead

Through Executive Orders, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the Inflation Reduction Act, the movement to cut climate damaging emissions from our industrial sector secured several monumental wins – but there is still work to be done.

President Biden Signs Landmark Inflation Reduction Act

Today President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law, marking a historic investment in the solutions necessary to meet our midcentury climate goals. This package will set the stage for unprecedented emissions reductions from the vital, yet challenging, industrial sector.

House Passes Inflation Reduction Act

Today’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 by Congress marks a monumental investment in the solutions necessary to achieve U.S. climate goals. This package will set the stage for private investment, protect energy communities, support family-sustaining jobs, and spur emissions reductions from the vital, yet challenging, industrial sector.  

Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act 

Senate Democrats passed historic budget reconciliation legislation. We urge the House of Representatives to swiftly pass this package, investing in our nation’s industries and supporting family-sustaining jobs.

Our Work: I3 Responds to Michigan Climate Plan Industrial Provisions

On April 18, 2022, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released Michigan’s Healthy Climate Plan for midcentury decarbonization. In January of this year, the Council released an early iteration of the plan for public input. In response, I3 submitted comments commending key provisions to future proof Michigan’s local industry, calling for additional action in line with the Energy Intensive Industries Work Group recommendations, which provided the basis for the plan’s decarbonization strategies for industry.

Decarbonizing Industry by 2050: A Federal and State Policy Blueprint

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.

Midcontinent Industrial Emissions Present Challenge & Opportunity

Industry is the third highest-emitting sector in the US economy and has less obvious carbon reduction pathways in comparison to electricity and transportation, where the vast majority of decarbonization discussions have focused. This post introduces the current landscape of emissions in the US industrial heartland, the Midcontinent region, to inform discussions of carbon reduction pathways. […]

Federal Policy Recommendations for Economic Recovery and Emissions Reductions in Industry

(Washington, D.C.) – The Industrial Innovation Initiative, an ambitious coalition of key industrial and power companies, environmental organizations, and state officials from Midwestern and Gulf Coast states focused on decarbonization solutions for the region’s most important industrial sectors, submitted recommendations to Congress today outlining measures for consideration in COVID-19-related federal economic recovery legislation. “The industrial […]