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Granholm: "We must slash carbon pollution from the industrial sector" for the health of the planet

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The U.S. Department of Energy launched the Industrial Heat Shot initiative, aimed at cutting industrial heat emissions by approximately 85% by 2035.

According to a Sept. 21 news release, if the initiative's target is achieved, the American industrial sector will see its carbon equivalent emissions reduced by 575 million metric tons by 2035, roughly equal to the annual emissions generated by all currently active passenger cars.

“Today, heavy industries that produce products such as cement and steel account for 30% of carbon polluting emissions. For the sake of our health and the health of the planet, we must slash carbon pollution from the industrial sector,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in the release. “The launch of DOE’s Industrial Heat Shot is an ambitious effort to leverage innovation and U.S. scientific leadership to cut emissions from this sector by 85% — providing cleaner air for Americans, fighting the climate crisis, and pushing forth clean energy breakthroughs.”

The three main pathways for the Industrial Heat Shot are electrifying heating operations, integrating low-emissions heat sources, and innovating low- or no-heat process technologies, according to the release.

The Industrial Heat Shot will support the strategy outlined in the DOE's Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap, which emphasizes the importance of decarbonization in the industrial sector and presents a detailed plan for industry and government bodies that will aid in the reduction of emissions, the increase of American manufacturing competitiveness and the creation of high-quality jobs, the release reported.

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