Zeroing-in on climate change: Three “super solutions” could put the US on a path toward a net-zero economy by 2050

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By Adam Agalloco and Deb Harris

While the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) might represent the largest collective investment in decarbonization in United States history, the ICF Climate Center projects these laws will get the U.S. about halfway to its 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goals. So, how could it get the rest of the way there?

Using ICF’s tech platform, CO2Sight™, the ICF Climate Center models a practical path toward achieving U.S. decarbonization goals with three solutions that are critical pieces of the BIL and IRA—transportation electrification, buildings, and clean energy. With these three “super solutions,” the United States could eliminate more than 40% of GHG emissions by 2030 and nearly 90% of GHG emissions by 2050.

Read this paper to learn:

  • The projected impact of the BIL and IRA on emissions reductions.
  • How three super solutions could fill the gap to get the U.S. on course to hit its decarbonization goals.
  • ICF’s models for the growth of electric vehicles, building decarbonization measures, the clean electric grid, and low-carbon fuels that could help the U.S. to approach net zero.
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Meet the authors
  1. Adam Agalloco, Director, Climate Change and Sustainability

    Adam supports states, local governments, companies, and utilities in reducing carbon pollution through smart planning and implementation. View bio

  2. Deb Harris, Senior Director, Climate Planning + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow

    Deb is an expert in climate action, decarbonization planning, and stakeholder engagement for states, cities, counties, and utilities. View bio