The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced a $2 billion investment focused on government construction projects using low-carbon (LEC) materials, including LEC asphalt, concrete, glass and steel.
According to the GSA, the investment is intended to catalyze the market for low-carbon, American-made products and expand America’s capacity to produce next-generation goods and materials, in addition to helping address the climate crisis and creating jobs.
The announcement follows the administration’s launch last year of the federal Buy Clean Initiative, which directs the government to prioritize the use of lower-carbon, U.S.-made building materials in federal procurement and federally funded projects. by Biden in December 2021 outlining a series of goals and initiatives for the U.S. federal government to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, including mandating actions across the government’s buildings, fleet, procurement and operations.
According to the GSA, the investment will help finance more than 150 federal government construction projects in more than 39 states and regions, prioritizing the procurement of LEC materials. The identified investments include $767 million for concrete, $464 million for glass, $388 million for steel and $384 million for asphalt.
Asphalt, concrete, glass and steel are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. industry and represent 98% of the building materials purchased and financed by the government for its infrastructure investments.
The investment will be funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides $3.4 billion for GSA to invest in federal buildings to help reduce carbon emissions and catalyze innovation.
GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan said:
“Today’s announcement shows how the Biden-Harris Administration is delivering on our commitment to use the purchasing power of the federal government to strengthen America’s leadership in clean manufacturing and jobs. By integrating clean building materials into more than 150 projects across the country, we are helping to create good-paying jobs in the clean manufacturing industries of the future and sending a clear signal that the domestic market for these sustainable products is here to stay .”