Background

The Department of Commerce is requesting public comments by Oct. 1 that will inform its effort to develop a clean technologies export competitiveness strategy. This strategy intends to identify key issues influencing the deployment of these goods and services, highlight potential opportunities and challenges, and identify possible actions for the federal government to take to foster U.S. export competitiveness in this sector.

The DOC states that for the purpose of this comment request it is focused on both established and emerging technologies, and their associated goods and services, that can contribute to a transition to net-zero emissions by significantly removing or reducing the greenhouse gas emissions in a specific application compared to existing, carbon-intensive technology in the same application. Examples of clean technologies include power generation from civil nuclear renewable energy sources; electric vehicles and renewable fuels for road, aviation, rail, maritime shipping, or other transportation; agribusiness, including anaerobic digesters and zero-emission agricultural equipment; smart grid solutions; energy storage; hydrogen fuel cells; carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration; decarbonization technologies for energy production; low-carbon solutions for heavy industry, such as cement and steel production; energy efficient advanced manufacturing techniques; and low-carbon and energy efficient building materials.

The DOC states that its request for comments is an initial step toward improving its understanding of private-sector interests, concerns, and policy needs with respect to the potential for clean technologies exports. As such the request seeks input on a variety of topics, primarily specific challenges and solutions. However, the DOC is also interested in comments on how U.S. trade policies impact the development and deployment of clean technologies in the U.S. and abroad.

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