The Biden administration will launch a new partnership with two other states and several cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
President BidenJoe BidenPredictions for disaster for Democrats aren’t guarantees of midterm failure. Vilsack reviews President Biden’s first year of border policy Vilsack accuses China, breaking promises in Trump-era trade agreement MOREDuring remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Friday, he will likely announce the new “Buildings Performance Standards Coalition”.
According to a White House factsheet, the partnership will include 33 states and local governments that cover 20 percent of the country’s building footprint and 22 per cent of its population.
According to the fact sheet, the initiative will increase energy efficiency and electrification in the buildings sector. This will create jobs while lowering consumers’ energy bills.
The coalition’s goal is to promote legislation or regulation in every local or state jurisdiction by Earth Day 2024.
It will do this by creating policy roadmaps, convening teams based on place to help develop policy, and sharing its results with each other.
The initiative has been signed by Washington and Colorado, as well as several cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
This move comes as the Biden administration wants to show that it is taking action on climate change, especially since Congress has stalled its climate spending and social agenda.
Biden expressed optimism this week at a press conference that conserving a lot of energy-related spending and environment-related spending can be achieved.
In its latest push, White House also invoked labor. They stated that members from the country’s building trades, and unions, have indicated they will work with coalition members.
Technical assistance will be provided by the Energy Department (DOE), and Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA).
DOE will share its best practices with governments pursuing building efficiency standards. According to the fact sheet, the EPA will offer new tools for calculating local climate-warming emissions.
According to the factsheet, Biden has an overarching goal to upgrade4 million buildings and 2 million homes during his first term.