Biden Signs Executive Order: Achieve Net Zero Emissions By 2050

Biden has repeatedly pointed out in many election campaigns and speeches after taking office that net zero emissions will be achieved by 2050, and now this goal and related measures have finally been implemented.

On Wednesday, Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order to direct the U.S. federal government’s business to sustainable and low-carbon development. The order plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The federal agency will achieve zero emissions from all vehicles by 2035. It is estimated that the US federal government will spend US$650 billion on goods and services each year.

As the nation’s largest landowner, energy consumer, and employer, the federal government can promote private sector investment by changing the way it purchases and manages electricity, vehicles, and other operations, and expands the U.S. industry and economy toward clean energy and sustainable development.

Biden regards “climate change” as the core work of the federal government, and plays a legislative function to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The executive order signed on Wednesday pointed out specific measures and deadlines to achieve a series of climate goals set by the White House.

The specific measures and a series of goals of the administrative order

Non-profit Clean Air Task Force Federal Policy Director Lindsey Griffith said that achieving net zero emissions is a difficult task, but with this order, a clear plan for measures and strategies makes it easier to achieve.

The order states that federal agencies need to add 600,000 vehicles before the end of fiscal year 2027 and can only purchase zero-emission passenger cars and light trucks. By 2050, all vehicles will be 100% compliant, while only 1.5% of the vehicles currently are zero emission.

Some departments have already taken steps to integrate electric vehicles into their fleets. For example, the Department of Homeland Security plans to start field tests on Ford Mustang electric models next year for use by law enforcement agencies. The U.S. Park Police of the U.S. Department of the Interior has begun to use mopeds and cross-country bikes in some places.

The order also requires agencies to achieve net zero emissions in the combination of houses, campuses, and other facilities by improving energy efficiency by 2045. The order also calls on all federal agencies to adopt “carbon-free electricity” by 2030. The federal government is the largest electricity consumer in the United States and costs US$4.5 billion a year. Currently, 40% use carbon-free electricity.

These measures have brought the Biden administration closer to its goal of reducing US greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030 compared to 2005 emissions.

Source: whitehouse.gov

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Biden has repeatedly pointed out in many election campaigns and speeches after taking office that net zero emissions will be achieved by 2050, and now this goal and related measures have finally been implemented.

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