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Biden-Harris Admin Releases Blueprint to Decarbonize U.S. Transportation Sector

Jan. 24, 2023

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The Biden-Harris administration announced the release of the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization. Developed by the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE), Transportation (DOT), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Blueprint is a landmark strategy for cutting all greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector by 2050.

Addressing the Climate Crisis through Transportation

The transportation sector—which includes all modes of travel through land, air, and sea to move people and goods—accounts for a third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions, negatively affecting the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans, particularly those in disadvantaged communities.

The Blueprint exemplifies the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government approach to addressing the climate crisis and meeting President Biden’s goals of securing a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Blueprint builds on President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, which together represent historic investments in the future of the United States that will transform how people move and live while building the backbone of a safer and more sustainable transportation system.

How the Joint Office Is Supporting the Strategy

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office) is putting the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization into action by working together with the DOE, DOT, and EPA to deploy a network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers, zero-emission fueling infrastructure, and zero-emission transit and school buses.

As part of the whole-of-government strategy, the Joint Office is excited to be a part of building an affordable, equitable, and sustainable 21st century transportation system. The Joint Office will be a key partner supporting this strategy through efforts including:

  • Jumpstarting a national network of EV charging along U.S. highways and throughout communities.
  • Offering technical assistance to states, school districts, transit agencies, and tribal nations on planning and implementation of a national network of zero-emission transportation infrastructure.
  • Helping communities plan for investments in EV charging infrastructure and ensuring chargers are distributed equitably.