BetterHubs aims to help governments, companies, investors, and local communities design and engage with decarbonization Hub projects in a way that sets a higher bar to ensure that industrial innovation drives positive outcomes for the climate and local communities. 

Billions of dollars are being invested in Hub energy projects around the world. 

Implemented wisely, these projects have great potential to significantly reduce emissions, jumpstart clean strategies across economic sectors, and address the legacy of inequity that has permeated industrial development for generations.

Implemented poorly, the Hubs will fail to meet their climate aspirations, and repeat or potentially compound equity failures of the past. 

BetterHubs aims to help all Hubs stakeholders have an informed and actionable dialog about what “better” can look like.

BetterHubs is an Environmental Defense Fund initiative.

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About U.S. Hubs

Historic legislation, including the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, will inject tens of billions of dollars into decarbonization projects across the country including the development of Clean Hydrogen and Direct Air Capture Hubs.  The Department of Energy will award and distribute this investment via a process through which regions, companies and other entities can join forces to propose game-changing demonstration and commercialization projects. Critically, this process requires a community engagement plan and evaluation.

You can learn more about DOE’s approach to the Hub projects, timelines, and other materials here:

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs and Funding Opportunity Announcement

Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs Selections for Award Negotiation and Project Selections for FOA 2735: Regional Direct Air Hubs – Topic Area 1 (Feasibility) and Topic Area 2 (Design)

How to Engange with Hubs?

DOE is looking for a diverse pool of individuals to review the Community Benefits Plans sections (i.e., diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility  environmental justice & Justice40; quality jobs; and community engagement) and is inviting individuals with expertise in these areas to apply to serve as reviewers. This is one of the most important actions interested parties can take now to make sure the proposed community benefits plans have been thoughtfully designed. You can register with the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to become a reviewer.