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 to decarbonize U.S. industry and meet our midcentury climate goals. This package will set the stage for unprecedented emissions reductions from the vital, yet challenging, industrial sector through critical investments in the cross-cutting solutions necessary to realize widespread decarbonization.

Notably, the inclusion of a Clean Hydrogen Production Tax Credit, essential enhancements to the 45Q Credit for Carbon Oxide Sequestration, an extension of the 48C Advanced Energy Project Credit, funding for the Advanced Industrial Facilities Deployment Program, and investments in Low-Embodied Carbon Materials will help serve as a down payment on a cleaner and more prosperous industrial sector.”

For details on these key provisions, see the Industrial Innovation Initiative’s Fact Sheet.  

The commitment to a safe and livable climate demonstrated by the Inflation Reduction Act is in line with the priorities of I3‘s coalition of industry and power companies, environmental organizations, labor unions, and state officials.

The following are statements issued by our participants regarding the passage of this historic legislation:  


“At Boston Metal, we’re working to make sure tomorrow’s sustainable infrastructure is built on emissions-free steel, so we could not be happier to see the significant climate investments signed into law today.

From solar panels and wind turbines to hydropower and EVs – steel is a critical material in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Inflation Reduction Act will undoubtedly drive up demand for steel production. Boston Metal’s technology will ensure that we do not continue to pump more emissions into the atmosphere as we work to meet the goals of the energy transition. We’re especially pleased to see nearly $6 billion in incentives for heavy industries to deploy innovative decarbonization technologies, like our MOE platform.” 

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“After months of negotiation, the Inflation Reduction Act is nearly law,” said Conrad Schneider, Advocacy Director at Clean Air Task Force. “This historic climate legislation will position the U.S. as a global leader in the clean energy transition and reaffirms its global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. It’s proof positive that economic growth and emissions reduction are not mutually exclusive – and that we can reach our climate goals while creating jobs and reducing inflation.” 

“The environmental and economic benefits of this legislation are profound,” said Lindsey Baxter Griffith, Federal Policy Director at Clean Air Task Force. “Through robust investment provided in the Inflation Reduction Act for a diverse array of clean energy technologies, the United States is well positioned to lead the way in a decarbonizing world. We applaud Congress for its commitment to securing these investments.”   

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“Today is a great day for people and the planet. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a historic step for the United States in taking decisive action to tackle the climate crisis, protect human health, and bring the benefits of a clean economy to all Americans. The Inflation Reduction Act, with its unprecedented climate and clean energy investments, represents the most significant steps taken to date by the United States to meet its commitments to reduce climate pollution and accelerate the transition to clean energy.”  

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“We commend Congress for passing historic legislation with urgently needed investments to combat the global climate crisis, strengthen our economy, and safeguard the health and well-being of Americans,” said Alliance co-chairs Governors Hochul (NY), Inslee (WA), and Newsom (CA). “While we know there’s much more work to do to protect the most vulnerable, this puts our country’s commitment to cut emissions in half by 2030 within reach. We stand ready at the state level, alongside President Biden, to use every tool available to deliver on the promise of this legislation – and go even further.” 

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The Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3) is an ambitious coalition that aims to drive emissions reductions through policy change, supporting quality jobs and investment in key US industrial sectors. I3 builds on years of stakeholder engagement and work with state officials in the Midcontinent region, as well as extensive work advancing decarbonization solutions important to the industrial sector. 

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Carbon Management Program Associate, GPI

Alana joined GPI in 2024 as a program associate on the Carbon Management team, specifically supporting the Industrial Innovation Initiative, where she helps to advance industrial decarbonization through GPI’s consensus-building approach. Alana previously worked as an account executive at Jamf, where she helped current K-12 education customers improve and scale the management and security of their Apple device deployments. Alana has spent most of her professional years working with Minnesota nonprofits, including two years as an AmeriCorps member with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in community environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Ankita Gangotra, Associate, WRI

Dr. Ankita Gangotra is an Associate in WRI’s US Climate Program, researching avenues to decarbonize the industrial sector, focusing on cement and steel decarbonization, environmental trade policies and international cooperation. Prior to joining WRI, Ankita was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of Physics at Georgetown University. Her research looked at the readily available technology and policy options for upgrading low-carbon cement production in the United States. Ankita has an integrated Master's in Electronics Engineering with Nanotechnology from the University of York, UK (2015) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2020). During her time in New Zealand, Ankita interned at the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor looking into equity, diversity and inclusion policy options for New Zealand’s science, research and innovation workforce.

Carrie Dellesky, Program and Outreach Manager, Carbon Removal and Industrial Innovation, WRI

Carrie Dellesky is the Program and Outreach Manager for Carbon Removal and Industrial Innovation. She develops strategies to advance policies and practices for scaling up a suite of carbon removal approaches and decarbonizing the industrial sector. She engages allies and builds and expands partnerships to mobilize champions and enhance visibility, action and impact. She also leads communications to amplify research and thought leadership, including messaging, media relations, event planning, social media and digital strategy.

Zachary Byrum, Research Analyst, WRI

Zachary Byrum is a Research Analyst in WRI's U.S. Climate Program, where he provides technology and policy analysis for carbon removal and deep decarbonization. His work focuses on pathways to reduce industrial emissions as well as bolstering technological carbon removal. Prior to WRI, Zach was a research assistant in the Carbon Management Research Initiative at the Center on Global Energy Policy. In the preceding years, he served as White House Intern in the National Economic Council under the Obama Administration and then an assistant analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. Zach holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Goucher College.

Katie Lebling, Associate, WRI

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Debbie Weyl, Deputy Director, WRI United States

Debbie Karpay Weyl is the Deputy Director for WRI U.S. She previously served as Manager for the Buildings Initiative at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She led an expanding global partnership to accelerate building energy efficiency in cities around the world. She also contributed to program management and development, research, and knowledge exchange for urban energy efficiency and sustainability. Debbie joined WRI from CLASP, a global non-profit organization that improves the environmental and energy performance of appliances, lighting and equipment. From 2011-2016 Debbie managed and developed global programs, led research projects, and facilitated collaboration among international experts and other representatives in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining CLASP, Debbie worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she was a contractor supporting building efficiency and other energy efficiency programs in the United States. Debbie holds a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in Politics (Political Economy and International Relations) from Princeton University.

Angela Anderson, Director of Industrial Innovation and Carbon Removal, WRI United States

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Patrice Lahlum, Vice President of Carbon Management, GPI

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Kate Sullivan, Senior Program Coordinator, Carbon Management, GPI

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David Soll, Industrial Decarbonization Manager, GPI

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Jill Syvrud, Senior Program Manager, Carbon Management, GPI

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