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Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Tool

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a finalized performance measure that will provide State Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations a national framework to track transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.

“Every state has its own unique climate challenges, and every state ought to have the data, funding, and flexibility it needs to meet those challenges head on,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg. “This new performance measure will provide states with a clear and consistent framework to track carbon pollution and the flexibility to set their own climate targets—which we will also help them meet with more than $27 billion in federal funding through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.”

According to FHWA, in support of President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to cutting carbon pollution in half by 2030, FHWA is taking two important steps toward addressing the impacts of climate change with today’s announcement:

  1. Adding a new greenhouse gas performance management measure to the existing FHWA national performance measures to establish a national framework to help states track performance and make more informed investment decisions
  2. Creating a flexible system under which state DOTs and MPOs will set their own targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from roadway travel.

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