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White House Announces New Actions to Advance Clean Manufacturing, Including Updated Guidance on the Deployment of CCUS

16th February 2022

Today, the White House announced new actions to decarbonize and strengthen the US manufacturing sector, including: cross-agency efforts to promote the purchase of low-carbon materials, a $9 billion clean hydrogen initiative, and a commitment to advancing carbon-based trade police that reward American manufacturers of clean steel and aluminum.

The announcement also included new guidance from White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on the responsible deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies, which is particularly relevant as agencies prepare to implement more than $12 billion in CCUS investments provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The updated guidelines emphasize the necessity of implementing CCUS in order to reach a net-zero economy, as well as the importance of incorporating environmental justice and equity at every stage of project planning and implementation.

Today's announcement reinforces the Biden-Harris administration's commitment to decarbonization as well as, signaling an increased interest in promoting CCUS projects that are carefully designed with a balance of climate, public health, and economic goals in mind.

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