Clean Energy Bill Includes Larsen Initiative to Boost Climate Change Mitigation in Aviation, Aerospace Sectors
Washington, D.C., September 24, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Clean Jobs and Economy Innovation Act, comprehensive legislation to spur clean energy innovation, create good-paying jobs, modernize U.S. energy infrastructure and put the nation on the path to achieving net-zero pollution by 2050.
The final bill includes Rep. Rick Larsen’s legislation, the National Evaluation of Aviation and Aerospace Solutions to Climate Change Act, to provide a foundation for climate change mitigation practices and technologies in the civil aviation and aerospace sectors.
“Airlines are working to develop and adopt greener technologies and reach net-zero emissions, but there is much more work to be done,” said Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee and a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “My amendment will help catalog those efforts, identify barriers to the adoption of mitigation efforts and serve as a roadmap for the steps the aviation and aerospace sector must take to achieve a 100 percent clean economy by 2050.”
The National Evaluation of Aviation and Aerospace Solutions to Climate Change Act, which Larsen introduced earlier this year with Reps. Kim Schrier (WA-08) and Sharice Davids (KS-03), instructs the U.S. Department of Transportation to partner with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to study, catalogue and report on “technologies, processes, materials or practices that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.” The bill also requires the National Academies to find gaps in existing emissions reduction efforts and barriers to expanding these efforts and develop recommendations to improve climate change mitigation.
Larsen is fighting to ensure the future of U.S. aviation is cleaner and greener. In July, House Democrats passed the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill which includes a robust aviation section to fully fund research and development of sustainable aviation fuels to help keep pace with growing demand. He is also committed to ensuring robust funding for the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program, which supports the development of new aircraft technologies to advance sustainable alternative jet fuels.
For a fact sheet on the Clean Jobs and Economy Innovation Act, click here.