Washington Watch: Apple, other big companies take part in new Biden effort with promises on clean energy
President Joe Biden on Tuesday plans to unveil a “First Movers Coalition” that involves pledges around clean energy from Apple Inc. and other big companies, according to senior Biden administration officials.
The FMC is intended to help build private-sector demand for clean-energy technology and thereby speed innovation in that area, the officials told reporters.
It’s expected to have more than 25 founding members, including Apple
other key technology players and other large companies from a range of industries.
Together the members have hundreds of billions of dollars in purchasing power, and they will make “demand commitments” related to clean energy
and innovation, the officials said.
“Through this flagship public-private partnership, companies make purchasing commitments during this decade to send a clear demand signal for commercializing emerging technologies essential to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,” the White House said in a statement.
“The buyers’ clubs assembled by the FMC will create early market demand for innovations across eight ‘need-to-abate’ sectors — steel, trucking, shipping, aviation, aluminum, concrete, chemicals, and direct air capture — which represent more than one-third of the world’s carbon emissions today, a proportion set to grow in the coming decades,” the statement also said.
Tuesday marks Biden’s second day in Glasgow, the Scottish city where the U.N. is holding its major climate-change summit, the Conference of Parties, or COP26.
He is slated to speak Tuesday at an “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment” event, according to the White House.
His administration has been making a raft of announcements at the event. In a speech on Monday, the president offered U.S. financial help, which will need Congressional backing, for the developing nations that risk being crushed under the effects of climate change.