The Nature Conservancy Statement on Industrial Innovation Initiative Recommendations for U.S. Economic Recovery and Long-Term Emissions Reductions

Today organizations participating in the Industrial Innovation Initiative (i3) sent a letter to Congress outlining policy recommendations to support economic recovery in the industrial sector and also lower longer-term industrial emissions. Increasing investment in low- carbon and zero-carbon technologies will create new economic opportunities for industry, support more high-wage jobs, and drive American competitiveness and technological leadership.

“The recommendations released today by i3 highlight an important fact: Having cleaner air, cleaner water and tackling climate change can be done in a way that also supports economic growth. These investments will have an immediate economic impact and longer-term benefits for industry and the environment,” said Anna Dirkswager, Midwest Climate and Energy Policy Advisor for The Nature Conservancy. “We know that in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. That is no small task. Smart policy solutions can achieve some important and sizeable emissions reductions fairly quickly, but for certain industries, many of which are in the Midwest, decarbonization is more difficult to achieve.”

“We believe by working together—corporations, organizations, government and communities—we can achieve that ‘last mile’ of emissions reductions and carbon removal by harnessing the kind of American ingenuity and innovation that both solves problems and creates jobs. We are pleased to participate in the Industrial Innovation Initiative, which is committed to bringing stakeholders together to achieve climate goals and support American workers,” said Dirkswager. 

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