The US needs to invest in sustainable transport and freight networks to meet carbon reduction targets and help secure energy independence. These are objectives shared across industry and government, and offices like the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) are promoting policies and research to accelerate the transition across manufacturing and supply chains, including using data to support sustainable industrial policy and promote investment in alternative fuels and EV battery supply chains. 

The opening session of Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Global focused on the US government’s objectives with a keynote from Dr Jacob Ward, who has recently taken a key role as supply chain deployment manager in the DOE’s new Energy Sector Industrial Base program within the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains. Ward leads the federal government’s efforts in modelling, mapping, and analysing America’s critical energy supply chains. (Download slides from Jacob Ward.)

He shares insight on the analysis, policies and funding that the department is pushing to create more sustainable transport networks, technology and supply chains, including:

  • DOE initiatives to advance sustainable transport, freight and charging infrastructure
  • Total lifecycle emission analysis in the transition and its implications for policy
  • Investment and development of battery and EV supply chain in the US
  • Funding and policy implications of laws like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act

Dr Ward answers questions from editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig.

For more on how the USDOE’s strategy will impact the automotive industry, read more here.

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This presentation took place during the Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Global conference September 20-22, 2022 in Detroit. All sessions and interview are available to view for registered users of Automotive Logistics.
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