USTDA Kicks Off Global Clean Infrastructure Programeditor@aashto.org April 30, 2021 0 COMMENTS
In conjunction with the recent “Leaders Summit on Climate,” President Joe Biden (seen above) launched the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure – an initiative between U.S. industry groups and key federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, to deliver clean energy and transportation solutions to emerging markets around the world.
[Above image via the USTDA]
President Biden announced the partnership during a keynote speech on April 23 describing the “broad economic benefits” of climate action and the importance of ensuring that all communities and workers benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.
“Nations that work together to invest in the cleaner economy will reap rewards for their citizens,” the president said in his remarks. “The United States is committed … to making those investments to grow our economy here at home while connecting with markets around the world.”
“USTDA’s Global Climate Partnership … will help put the world on a sustainable climate pathway using American technology made by American workers,” noted USTDA Acting Director Enoh Ebong in a statement.
He said the USTDA plans to collaborate with several U.S. industry groups whose members produce “innovative” energy and transportation sector technologies for eventual worldwide deployment. Those groups include the American Clean Power Association, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Solar Energy Industries Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The USTDA said this new “climate partnership” endeavor will leverage its “project preparation and partnership-building activities” in emerging markets. Since 1992, the agency said it has supported $4.1 billion in U.S. climate technology and services exports from 350 communities across the United States, including $337 million in exports from 180 small U.S. businesses.