Biden committed the federal government to zero emissions by 2050
U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order committing the federal government to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The corresponding document was published by the White House.
At the same time, the federal government must reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 65% by 2030. The document states that the authorities will have to start purchasing only electric vehicles among light-duty vehicles by 2027 and switch to purchasing only electric vehicles by 2035. The government must also improve the energy efficiency of federal buildings. All told, the U.S. government owns about 600,000 vehicles and 300,000 buildings.
The $650 billion in annual government purchases will have to be used to transition to zero greenhouse gas emissions, the White House indicated. The same money would be spent to increase the amount of clean electricity in the nation’s energy system.
Many Republicans are expected to strongly criticize the executive order. Last month, the president approved an infrastructure plan that includes $7.5 billion for a national network of charging stations for electric cars.