Category: Blog

  • Industrial Innovation Initiative Brings Industrial Decarbonization Recommendations to Capitol Hill

    Industrial Innovation Initiative Brings Industrial Decarbonization Recommendations to Capitol Hill

    Industry, labor, and nonprofit representatives recently headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for federal policies that can put the industrial sector on track to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, both a national and global goal to curb the worst potential effects of climate change. The Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3), run by the Great Plains Institute (GPI)…

  • What does ‘green’ procurement mean? Initiatives and standards for cement and steel

    What does ‘green’ procurement mean? Initiatives and standards for cement and steel

    Decarbonizing cement and steel production will be critical to achieving national and global climate goals, but it has been slower than in other sectors – like transportation and power – for several reasons. One prominent reason is the role of carbon dioxide (CO2)-emitting chemical processes in steel and cement production. Alongside entrenched manufacturing practices, slow…

  • States Can Lead on Industrial Decarbonization

    States Can Lead on Industrial Decarbonization

    The United States has an unprecedented opportunity to take meaningful action on industrial decarbonization. Last year, Congress came together against all odds to pass a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that includes billions of dollars for state projects to limit carbon pollution from industrial facilities. The law’s passage, along with the recent Biden-Harris Administration announcement on actions…

  • President Biden Signs Landmark Inflation Reduction Act

    President Biden Signs Landmark Inflation Reduction Act

    The Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3) released the following statement today regarding the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. This statement may be attributed to Gabrielle Habeeb, Project Manager for the Industrial Innovation Initiative:  “Today, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law, marking a historic investment in the solutions necessary…

  • Our Work: I3 Responds to Michigan Climate Plan Industrial Provisions

    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. Since September 2020, The Michigan Council on Climate Solutions — an advisory body in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) — has been working with stakeholders to develop strategies to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 52…

  • Our Work: I3 Responds to DOE Requests for Information

    Our Work: I3 Responds to DOE Requests for Information

    With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the US Department of Energy (DOE) and its associated offices have made formal requests for information (RFIs) to help build an understanding of how to best implement the IIJA’s various provisions. The Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3) submitted responses to four of the relevant RFIs….

  • One Year Later: Celebrating the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

    One Year Later: Celebrating the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

    It has been one year since the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law. Now commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), this legislation marked the beginning of a historic run of climate, energy, and infrastructure wins, changing the US industrial landscape as we know it.   To date, the Biden-Harris…

  • Next Steps on the US Journey Toward Industrial Decarbonization

    Next Steps on the US Journey Toward Industrial Decarbonization

    Cement, concrete, and steel make up much of the buildings, roads, and other structures we rely on every day, but they come with a climate cost. Production of cement, as the key ingredient in concrete, and steel together produce around 16% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The good news is that momentum around industrial…

  • Midcontinent Industrial Emissions Present Challenge & Opportunity

    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….

  • Laying the Foundation of Cement and Concrete Decarbonization

    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…