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Joe Biden has made climate change a priority of his presidency. One of his first acts after inauguration in January was to sign an executive order vowing to tackle the issue.
Following through on Biden’s wishes will take plenty of cooperation between government agencies to help procure contracts and agreements with a number of agencies and entities.
Two individuals versed in federal energy issues, Seth Kirshenberg and Brian Oakley, released a paper, “Roadmap to Implementing Climate and Resilience Goals: Federal Agency Solutions,” that should serve as a guide for federal agencies to successfully implement climate and resilience goals.
“Federal procurement can be a powerful initiative to drive, among other activities, greater adoption of carbon-free energy sources by federal agencies,” wrote the pair, who have co-authored position papers and legislative proposals on government incentives promoting renewable and other carbon-free energy. “As the largest power purchaser in the country, the federal government affects the types and cost of power available for the entire United States and can potentially increase the market for carbon-free electricity.”
To help achieve Biden’s initiatives, the paper outlined such recommendations as:
The paper also encourages the Biden Administration to empower agencies through the executive order to:
Federal agencies also can help the process by doing the following:
Dave Lubach is managing editor, Facility Group.