On October 5, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. This E.O. expands on the energy reduction and environmental performance requirements for
The E.O. requires Department of Energy (DOE) and other Federal agencies to lead by example in creating a clean energy economy. To meet E.O. goals, DOE shall:
- Increase energy efficiency;
- Measure, report and reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from direct and indirect activities (scope 1 & 2 emissions);
- Leverage Departmental acquisition to foster markets for sustainable technologies and environmentally preferable materials, products, and services;
These are direct GHG emissions from sources owned or controlled by the Federal agency.
These are direct GHG emissions resulting from the generation of electricity, heat, or steam purchased by a Federal agency.
These are GHG emissions from sources not owned or directly controlled by a Federal agency, but related to agency activities such as vendor supply chains, delivery services, and employee travel and commuting.
Federal agencies are required to meet a series of deadlines critical to achieving the GHG reduction goals of the EO:
- By 5 November 2009 each agency submitted the name of their Senior Sustainability Officer (SSO) to the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair and Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Director;
- On 4 January 2010 a percentage reduction target for agency-wide reductions of scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions in absolute terms by fiscal year 2020, relative to a fiscal year 2008 baseline of the agency’s scope 1 and 2 GHG is due to the CEQ Chair and OMB Director;
- On 2 June 2010 Scope 3 targets and the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan is due to the CEQ Chair and the OMB Director (Section 8 of the E.O. describes the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan required contents);
- 5 January 2011 the comprehensive GHG inventory is due from each of the agencies to the CEQ Chair and OMB Director.
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