Sending Office: Honorable Sean Casten
Cosponsor the bipartisan, bicameral Clean Industrial Technology Act of 2019
Endorsed by: National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Defense Fund, United Steelworkers, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, Carbon180,
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Clean Air Task Force, Third Way, Natural Resources Defense Council, American Chemistry Council, The Niskanen Center, The Nature Conservancy, and BlueGreen Alliance.
House Original Cosponsors: Casten, McKinley,
Amata, Bernice Johnson, Tonko, Fitzpatrick
Senate Cosponsors: Whitehouse, Capito, Manchin,
Braun, Booker, Collins, Feinstein
While the power sector has proven extremely efficient in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, other sectors, notably the industrial and heavy-duty transportation sectors have struggled to keep pace.
In 2017, the transportation sector contributed the highest amount of GHG emissions economy-wide at 28.9%, the power industry contributed the second highest amount at 27.5%, and the industrial sector contributed the third highest at 22.2% of GHG emissions.
Despite this, the vast majority of federal R&D investments on emissions reduction technologies and methods in the U.S. have focused on the power sector.
The Clean Industrial Technology Act (CITA) would address this by directing the Secretary of Energy to establish a Department of Energy (DOE)-led cross-agency research program to decarbonize non-power industrial sectors. In particular, the research program
focuses on the following:
- reduction of emissions from industrial production processes, including: cement, iron and steel production; high-temperature heating processes; chemical production processes including ammonia, ethylene, and propylene production; smart manufacturing; and
- alternative materials including: building materials; high-performance lightweight materials; and critical materials and minerals substitutions;
- reduction of emissions from liquid and gaseous fuels;
- reduction of emissions from shipping, aviation, and long-distance transportation;
- carbon capture for industrial processes; and
- high-performance computing to develop advanced materials and manufacturing processes.
The bill also establishes a Federal Advisory Committee that would consist of industry, academic, federal, and labor representatives to help develop the missions and goals of the research program and ensure consistent progress towards achieving these goals,
as well as to develop emissions reduction roadmaps in each of the relevant focus areas. Finally, the bill authorizes a technical assistance program to allow eligible entities to receive assistance from DOE in working towards the goal of reducing emissions
of non-power industrial sectors.
I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this important legislation to provide critical research that will help us develop a more sustainable and competitive economy.
To become a cosponsor of this bill or for more information, please contact Sam Wojcicki (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Rep. Casten or Brian Garand (email@example.com)
with Rep. McKinley.
Sean Casten David McKinley
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