Factsheet: Federal Leadership on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability

Federal Leadership on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability

Key Information
As part of the Federal government’s commitment to lead by example in curbing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are driving climate change, on February 19, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13693. The EO will cut Federal GHG emissions 40 percent over the next decade (by 2025) from 2008 levels and increase the share of electricity the Federal Government consumes from renewable sources to 30 percent. With a footprint that includes 360,000 buildings, 650,000 fleet vehicles, and $445 billion spent annually on goods and services, the Federal Government’s actions to reduce pollution, support renewable energy, and operate more efficiently can make a significant impact on national emissions. Specifically, the Executive Order directs Federal agencies to: • Ensure 25 percent of their total energy (electric and thermal) consumption is from clean energy sources by 2025. • Reduce energy use in Federal buildings by 2.5 percent per year between 2015 and 2025. • Reduce per-mile GHG emissions from Federal fleets by 30 percent from 2014 levels by 2025, and increase the percentage of zero emission and plug in hybrid vehicles in Federal fleets. • Reduce water intensity in Federal buildings by 2 percent per year through 2025.
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable energy