WASHINGTON – Today, at the 28th U.N. Climate Conference (COP28), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new initiatives to address the challenges posed by the climate crisis and ensure that low- and moderate-income households and communities can benefit from a clean energy transition. These announcements include a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Energy to work together on domestic efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the building sector and to cut costs for consumers through energy efficiency improvements. HUD also announced that it was joining the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), to guide and contribute to the U.S. government’s scientific research on global climate change and ensure that state-of-the art research and data on climate change benefits the people and communities that HUD serves. HUD senior leaders have joined the U.S. delegation to COP28, led by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. Senior U.S. officials from over 20 U.S. departments and agencies, along with civil society leaders from across the U.S., have traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to advance U.S. climate goals. At COP, the U.S. also joined the UNEP Buildings Breakthrough. Participating countries endorse the statement ‘Near-zero emission and resilient buildings are the new normal by 2030’. The Buildings Breakthrough mobilizes international collaboration to accelerate the transition of the building sector to zero emissions and resiliency.
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