With increased carbon emissions in the United States, the Department of Energy (DOE) has recently announced efforts to address the impacts of climate change, create jobs, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This $2.3 billion investment will work to accelerate carbon storage projects and advance carbon management technologies.
“This past month we saw the highest levels of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere in history, underscoring the fact that our efforts to tackle climate change will be inconsequential if we don’t act now to manage the greenhouse gas emissions that are currently putting public health and our environment at risk,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
Along with supporting efforts to address the negative effects of carbon emissions. The DOE made a $504.4 million loan guarantee to the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project in Utah. This is the first loan for a new clean energy project since 2014. The loan will support the construction of a clean hydrogen storage facility, create jobs for this project, and it all leads toward reducing carbon emissions.
These aren’t the only ways that the DOE is helping reduce carbon emissions. The department recently announced $59 million to assist with the production of biofuels to reduce emissions in sectors that are difficult to decarbonize. Sectors such as aviation, rail, and shipping. This is just another impactful step toward the goal of having a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.
There are many big changes currently being made that will help control and reduce carbon emissions. It is important that residential, commercial, and industrial sectors are contributing to this decrease. This can be done through upgrading building systems to achieve a higher level of energy efficiency. Some significant changes include improved lighting, windows, HVAC, and more. It is important to focus on carbon emissions and reducing our carbon footprint during this time.