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Biden Orders Carbon-Neutral Federal Government by 2050

New policies will require carbon-free electricity and embodied carbon disclosure for building materials, and could limit procurement of products with PFAS.

U.S. federal government operations could approach carbon neutrality by 2050, thanks to a sweeping sustainability plan and associated executive order announced by President Biden on December 8, 2021.

The plan includes requirements regarding building operations, embodied carbon, electric vehicle procurement, purchasing of less toxic materials, and more. It will apply to a portfolio of 300,000 buildings, a fleet of 600,000 cars and trucks, and an annual purchasing budget of $650 billion, according to the plan website.

Published December 10, 2021

Melton, P. (2021, December 10). Biden Orders Carbon-Neutral Federal Government by 2050. Retrieved from