The U.S. Department of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency has released a Blueprint on how to decarbonize the entire U.S. transport system.
“The domestic transportation sector presents an enormous opportunity to drastically reduce emissions that accelerate climate change and reduce harmful pollution,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in a statement.
It is aimed that it will help the US meet the President’s goals of securing a “100 percent clean electrical grid by 2035 and reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050”.
“DOE [Department of Energy] is prepared to implement this Blueprint alongside our partners within the Biden-Harris Administration to ensure all Americans feel the benefits of the clean transportation transition: good-paying manufacturing jobs, better air quality, and lower transportation costs,” Granholm said.
The transportation network contributes to a third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., transportation costs are the second largest annual household expense in our country.
Firstly, the blueprint increases convenience by making sure that vital services are situated near residential areas to cut down commute burdens and enhance walkability and quality of life.
“The people HUD serves deserve clean, affordable transportation options,” said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge. “HUD is proud to join our federal partners at Energy, DOT, and EPA to ensure that clean transportation investments are made equitably and inclusive communities and households that have been most harmed by environmental injustice. We look forward to working together to better align transportation, housing, and community development investments in these and other communities across the country,” Fudge added.