Electric vehicles will play a pivotal role in US efforts to reduce emissions and meet climate commitments under the Paris agreement. For the United States to deliver on the “decade of ambition” President Biden declared at COP26 in Glasgow, it must tackle the 30 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions originating from transportation. To that end, the administration’s pledge to bring electric vehicle sales to 50 percent of the consumer car market is central to its plans to deploy clean energy infrastructure under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The administration’s goals of dramatically increased transportation electrification will shape US demand for key minerals and metals.
In the Atlantic Council’s new report: The Role of Minerals In Realizing US Transportation Electrification Goals, author Reed Blakemore examines projected EV growth in the United States, and the commensurate demand for minerals. Blakemore discusses the trajectory of mineral demand growth resulting from an acceleration of EV deployment in the United States, the steps that policymakers and the industry are taking to ensure those minerals demands are met, and where gaps still exist as the United States pursues its electrification goals.
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A clean energy agenda for the US Department of Defense
By Jon Powers and Michael Wu
As the largest institutional consumer of energy in the world, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has a critical role in fulfilling US clean energy and climate commitments. Energy is essential to every aspect of military operations, from fueling ships and aircraft to powering military bases. Investing in clean energy will strengthen US military capabilities and resilience while making meaningful progress on climate goals.
EnergySource Jun 10, 2021
Biden-Harris administration hundred-day supply chain review: Key takeaways for minerals security in the energy transition
By Reed Blakemore
The White House has recently released findings from a hundred-day review of supply chains, which included specific recommendations for securing key minerals and metals critical to the energy transition. This report serves as an important first step as the United States begins to address the mineral supply chain challenge, and highlights several important themes policymakers will continue to grapple with as they search for solutions.
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