American Iron & Steel Institute President & CEO Mr Kevin Dempsey has applauded an announcement by the White House today that the federal government will prioritize the purchase of low-carbon construction materials for federal construction projects. Mr Dempsey said “We are pleased that the administration continues to recognize that the American steel industry is leading the way on decarbonization, as reflected in today’s announcement to prioritize the government’s purchase of lower-emissions construction materials for federally-funded projects,”Mr Dempsey added “Of the major steel-producing countries, the US has the lowest CO₂ emissions per ton of steel produced. Our entire industry continues to make key investments to further decrease carbon emissions and advance our leadership position on sustainability. Today’s announcement recognizes the innovations and advancements being made by American steel producers, and we look forward to working with the government agencies to continue to incentivize the use of clean American-made steel as this initiative is implemented.”Transportation Secretary Mr Pete Buttigieg, US General Services Administration Administrator Mr Robin Carnahan and Deputy National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi announced the Federal Government will prioritize the purchase of key low carbon construction materials, covering 98% of materials purchased by the Federal Government, while visiting a Cleveland-Cliffs Direct Reduction steel plant in Toledo.The Federal Buy Clean Initiative is a part of President Biden’s economic plan-including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, and CHIPS and Science Act-to usher in a manufacturing boom in America. The Initiative ensures that federal financing and purchasing power are creating good-paying jobs, protecting public health, enhancing American competitiveness, and strengthening national security. Federal Buy Clean actions build on Buy Clean commitments made earlier this year, including standing up the first ever Federal Buy Clean Task Force, and complements a comeback for American factories since President Biden took office, with 668,000 manufacturing jobs added.