The Biden administration has identified industrial decarbonization as a crucial step in confronting climate change and achieving a clean energy future that is fair to all. On Jan. 27, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) announced a request for information (RFI) to gather input on industrial priorities for decarbonization, including emerging technologies that could be showed or adopted by industry.

The goal of the RFI is to help the AMO better understand how the U.S. manufacturing sector can reduce emissions while making technologies that will power the clean economy and increase America’s global competitiveness. “The industrial sector accounts for 28% of the nation’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions,” says Kelly Speakes-Backman, principal deputy assistant secretary for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Reducing those emissions is no easy feat but getting this right means that the industrial sector can be a major part of the solution to decarbonize our economy.”

The DOE has named four technology pathways that will be critical to decarbonizing America’s industry: energy efficiency; electrification; low-carbon fuels and feedstocks; and carbon capture, use, and storage. This RFI is focused on key foundational industries including iron and steel, chemicals, cement, and food and beverages.

Responses to the RFI must be sent to no later than 5 p.m. EDT on Feb. 28. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word attachment to the email. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish. Respondents are requested to supply the following information at the start of their response to the RFI:

  • Company or institution name;
  • Company/institution point of contact; and
  • Contact’s address, phone number, and email address.

For more information, visit the AMO website. You can email Keith Jamison, DOE technology manager, with RFI-specific questions.

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