Background

The Department of Commerce has issued an administrative order establishing a policy to integrate climate considerations into its policies, strategic planning, and programs. Such considerations will include mitigation, adaptation and resilience, and environmental justice measures. As part of this policy the DOC will work with business to advance climate mitigation and resiliency efforts, including by prioritizing the expansion of the “green and blue economies” and creating quality jobs.

Among other things, the order directs the Bureau of Industry and Security to identify areas in its core practices and programs where it can incorporate climate considerations, including developing outreach strategies for awareness of and compliance with export controls for companies focused on climate-related solutions and technologies.  The order also directs the International Trade Administration to align its industry engagements with the White House’s vision for a low-carbon future and prioritize clean technology as part of its work to coordinate the export promotion and export financing activities of the U.S. government.

BIS and ITA will also be represented on the DOC’s new Climate Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the order, identifying specific deliverables, and further developing the department’s strategic direction as it relates to climate.

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