BACKGROUNDER: Biden-Harris Administration Makes Historic Investment in US National Labs, Announces Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative

Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced $1.5 billion under President Biden’s Cut Inflation Act to build and upgrade America’s National Laboratories and advance American leadership in fields of science, research and innovation. Strengthening our national laboratories will increase economic growth, create well-paying local jobs, and help attract the skilled workers needed to develop clean energy solutions and other technologies that will reduce costs for families, improve the lives of people and respond to the climate crisis. Additionally, the White House announced a new report that identifies five initial priorities that will help the United States meet the President’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 50-52 percent by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions. no later than 2050. To drive innovation in these technologies, the administration is also today launching the Net-Zero Game Changers initiative.

President Biden’s economic plan has secured transformational investments in American-made clean energy, including wind, solar, electric vehicles, batteries, and more. Investing in these made-in-USA solutions is essential to ensuring that the United States remains the global leader in clean technology and that American workers and communities benefit from the historic economic opportunities and well-paying jobs that come from building a clean energy economy. American investments in scientific research, including through our system of world-class national laboratories, are central to America’s economic competitiveness and enable innovation across the economy. Today’s funding announcements will provide a long-awaited boost to 13 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories that have been at the heart of major scientific discoveries and continue to be essential to advancing safety energy, economic and national of the United States.

Increased funding for National Laboratories under the Cut Inflation Act will support innovative research in clean technologies, including those identified by the Game Changers Initiative. These investments will help the United States meet its climate goals while reducing energy costs for American families, advancing America’s energy security, and creating well-paying jobs.

Today, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation John Podesta, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy for Energy Sally Benson , and other senior White House and administration officials will highlight these announcements at the state Department of Energy. State-of-the-art Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.

Today’s announcements include:

Increased infrastructure funding for national laboratories: The US DOE announced $1.5 billion for fiscal year 2022 to build and upgrade science facilities, upgrade infrastructure, and address deferred maintenance projects at its Office of Science-run national laboratories. This historic investment will help advance the Biden-Harris administration’s vision to use solutions-focused research and innovation to address the nation’s greatest challenges and achieve the President’s ambitious climate goals. Projects include continuing to build everything from state-of-the-art electron colliders to the world’s fastest supercomputers, as well as upgrading critical electrical, fire safety and HVAC systems infrastructure to ensure laboratories DOE nationals are modern, safe, energy efficient and reliable.

For more information on the new funding for national laboratories, click here.

Advancing the Game Changers Initiative: The Net-Zero Game Changers Initiative is accelerating game-changing climate innovations by helping the United States meet the President’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. To kick off the initiative, the White House Office of Climate Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Office of Management and Budget are jointly releasing a new report, American innovation to meet 2050 climate goals, which describes 37 breakthrough R&D opportunities identified in federal agencies. Priorities include opportunities for short-term gains, investments in underserved communities through the Justice40 initiative, and long-term transformation of the energy system. The Administration will kick-start clean energy innovation with five near-term priorities:

  • Efficient heating and cooling of buildings: Building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is responsible for more than half of the energy use of residential buildings and almost one-fifth of the energy use of commercial buildings. While buildings in the United States have become more efficient in recent years, most existing heating and cooling equipment is still inefficient and uses climate-warming refrigerants, which harm consumers and contribute to climate change. Innovative technologies such as highly efficient heat pumps and advanced refrigerants could solve many problems simultaneously. In addition to GHG reductions, the benefits of successful innovation for efficient heating and cooling include significantly reducing indoor air pollution, tripling or quadrupling energy efficiency, boosting manufacturing national security, supporting well-paying jobs in our communities, promoting national and energy security, and reducing household consumption. energy bills. Additional innovation — coupled with financial incentives from President Biden’s Cut Inflation Act — will help reduce the upfront costs of these devices and make the clean option the easier option.
  • Aviation Net-Zero: Greenhouse gas emissions from air travel are expected to increase in the United States and around the world. At the same time, aviation – especially long-distance travel – is one of the toughest sectors for emissions reductions today. There are several options for cleaner aviation, including new carbon-neutral fuels, advanced biofuels, and electrification (including battery-electric and fuel-cell concepts). The U.S. public and private sectors are also exploring entirely new concepts for air travel, such as small electric vertical take-off and landing planes. Innovation will make zero-emission fuels and vehicles competitive with today’s aviation, while reducing the aviation industry’s reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Net zero electricity network and electrification: The original US electrical grid was not designed for today’s needs, including supporting widespread electrification of vehicles, new appliances, and industrial processes; deploy renewable energy on a large scale; and withstand the impacts of climate-induced extreme weather conditions. To ensure the availability of clean, affordable and reliable electricity while rapidly electrifying new parts of the economy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, we must fundamentally transform the planning and operations of electricity distribution and transmission networks. 2050. The grid of the future must be able to detect and adapt to changing electricity demand and external factors in real time, while decarbonizing and increasing the total capacity of the grid. In addition to enabling electrification and integration of clean energy sources, these innovations will also reduce the total cost to achieve net-zero emissions across the economy and increase grid resilience.
  • Industrial products and fuels for a net zero circular economy: Industrial processes represent some of the toughest barriers to reaching net zero by 2050. This priority area focuses on new ways to make materials and fuels that reduce GHGs, increase efficiency and reduce waste. It includes solutions to reduce GHGs and increase the efficiency of industrial process heating, materials production (such as metals, cement, plastics and chemicals) and water treatment processes. It also includes pathways to producing net-zero electrofuels – synthetic fuels made from clean electricity – that could be used as energy-dense transportation fuels. Advanced industrial processes also include the systems and technological innovations required for energy-intensive water treatment processes such as desalination and wastewater treatment. Producing all of these materials and fuels in a net zero economy will require the development of innovative chemicals, the strengthening of supply chains, and the design of processes and products to provide the same or better services to people who care about recycling and reuse.
  • Large Scale Fusion Energy: Fusion, the same process that powers the sun and stars, has the potential to transform the energy system. This could provide clean, reliable electricity in abundance anywhere in the United States or the world, and could create a whole new industry and the associated workforce. Fusion could potentially meet much of the demand for electricity and help eliminate GHG emissions from energy-intensive industrial processes, synthetic fuel production and desalination. For these reasons, it could have impacts far beyond electricity generation. Because it relies on abundant, clean fuel sources, it can benefit national security and improve air quality in areas historically burdened by fossil fuel generation.

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