09/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/23/2021 12:54
September 23, 2021
These Efforts Aim to Bolster Competitiveness of Domestic Industries and Reduce Climate Pollution
WASHINGTON - Today, the Biden Administration announced a historic set of actions across the federal government to phase down super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are man-made climate pollutants used primarily in air conditioning and refrigeration. As a part of these actions, the General Services Administration (GSA) is reviewing "Best in Class" contracts and will ensure compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation clauses that support HFC emission reductions.
"Best in Class" contracts are pre-vetted, preferred sources for federal agencies to purchase from in order to eliminate unnecessary contract redundancies and deliver more savings, value and efficiency. These commitments build on last year's bipartisan, job-creating American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020, which is helping to avoid up to 0.5 degrees Celsius in global warming, create 33,000 high-quality U.S. jobs, spur $12.5 billion in new investments in the U.S. economy and bolster the global competitiveness of U.S. industries.
"Confronting the climate crisis is a top priority for the Biden Administration, and presents a historic opportunity to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs for the American people," said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. "By working with fellow federal agencies to reduce harmful pollutants, GSA is fighting against a changing climate and improving air quality, while bolstering our economy here at home."
For more information on this announcement, please refer to this fact sheet.
About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of more than 370 million rentable square feet and overseeing approximately $72 billion in annual contracts. GSA's mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services across government, in support of the Biden-Harris administration's priorities. For more information, visit GSA.gov and follow us at @USGSA.