NEW REPORT: National Roadmap for Clean Buildings

President Biden Can & Must Use Executive Action to Drive Toward 100% Zero-Emission Buildings

Today, Evergreen Action released A National Roadmap for Clean Buildings, a new report detailing the suite of executive actions, pollution and efficiency standards, and investments the Biden administration must implement to decarbonize the U.S. buildings sector in the face of the mounting climate crisis. Buildings represent the nation’s largest consumer of energy, fourth-largest source of direct carbon pollution, and second-largest source of air pollution. In order to meet President Biden’s target of a 50-52% reduction in climate pollution below 2005 levels by 2030, and to prepare the nation to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century, the Biden administration must move more aggressively on executive action to rapidly electrify and decarbonize America’s buildings.

Read the full policy report here.

“We cannot defeat the climate crisis without addressing pollution in our buildings sector,” said Evergreen Action Co-founder and Senior Advisor Sam Ricketts“The influx of investments from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) presents a historic opportunity to upgrade, decarbonize, and electrify America’s buildings. But in order to deliver on his climate and environmental justice commitments, President Biden must also ramp up executive action and implement rigorous standards that will drive a just transition to 100% zero-emission buildings. Our new report offers a full suite of executive actions that the Biden administration can pursue now to drive towards their climate targets, and we call on the president and his administration to demonstrate visionary leadership and usher in a new era of clean buildings.”

Evergreen’s new policy report assesses the Biden administration’s progress and proposes a suite of additional executive actions that will drive the transformation of the buildings sector. These recommendations include:

  • Applying EPA Standards to Drive Toward 100% Clean Appliances

  • Improving DOE Appliance Efficiency Standards

  • Implementing 100% Clean Federal Buildings

  • Advancing a Just Transition through the Weatherization Assistance Program

  • Advancing the Equitable Implementation of Clean Building Provisions

You can read Evergreen’s full roadmap to decarbonizing the U.S. buildings sector here.