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The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook: Industry

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Industry is the foundation of many regional economies. Yet the industrial sector creates 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and its impact is growing faster than other sectors.

While industrial companies may be based in a single city, their work and influence usually extend across city boundaries. Regional governments provide the right scale to support industry in transitioning to low-carbon solutions.

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Action 15: Methane Containment

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Eliminate wasted methane that is leaked into the atmosphere as a by-product of natural gas production or crude oil production, waste management, or other sources, and capture methane for productive and low-impact uses. Methane leaks should be measured, and should result in financial, regulatory, and other penalties.

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Action 16: Clean Industrial Processes

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Convert industrial processes to use fuels that minimize or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Where possible, electrify industrial processes and leverage renewable electricity sources.

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Action 17: Shared Industrial Flows

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Implement enabling policies for allowing the sharing of waste, heat and materials, and energy, including district-level heating, cooling, and microgrid solutions, within and outside of industrial districts. This can include the support of eco-industrial parks (EIPs), circular economy districts, and/or other district formats that support the reduction of waste.

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Action 18: Clean Ports and Airports

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Set progressive goals and align regional stakeholders to provide low-carbon fuels to vessels and aircraft, develop cleaner energy infrastructure within the facilities, and catalyze the development of low-carbon fuels regionally. Support vehicles and processes for maintenance, fueling, and other activities that minimize process energy consumption and electrify loads where possible. Many ports and airports are in areas subject to extreme weather, making resilience necessary, but also creating the opportunity to serve as emergency response centers.

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Action 19: Clean Industrial Vehicles

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Require cleaner fuels, including electrified solutions, for industrial vehicles in the state or region. This should include vehicles on industrial campuses, as well as vehicles being used in the field such as construction and farming vehicles. This recommendation is not high impact for all regions, and it is most relevant to regions with transport-heavy industries, such as open-pit mining.

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Buildings

More efficient buildings provide multiple benefits including lower emissions, greater comfort, improved health, and lower ongoing costs.

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Mobility

Regional governments can enable cities to invest in better mobility options, lowering emissions while increasing mobility choices and improving health.

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Electricity

Ensuring that our electricity comes from renewable or zero emission sources is critical to a cleaner and more resilient future.

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Industry

Regional governments provide the right scale to support industry—the foundation of many regional economies—in transitioning to low-carbon solutions.

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Land Use

Sustainable and regenerative agriculture, forestry, and other land use can help offset some of the large emission impacts that this sector produces.

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Waste

Managing waste in a sustainable manner can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also creating economic opportunities.

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Finance

Regional governments can organize and deliver financial solutions to enable all the recommendations covered in the Handbook.

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