Pursuant to President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, the Federal Government just released its first-ever comprehensive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory, which measures GHG emissions associated with its 2010 operations.
The targets include:
The early results show an encouraging 3.6% reduction of CO2 equivalent over 2008 levels.
Each agency has its own targets and scorecard. The score cards each have the following seven categories:
Department of Agriculture – 15.9% reduction in energy intensity over 2003. 14.1% reduction in water intensity over 2007. The agency is not on track for fleet petroleum use.
Department of Defense - 11.2% reduction in energy intensity over 2003 (target 15%), 13% reduction in water intensity over 2007. Fell short on sustainable buildings target.
Department of Energy – DOE met all of its targets except vehicle fleet and buildings. It achieved a 22.7% reduction in energy intensity.
Department of Transportation – DOT fell short in 4 of the 7 categories. It realized a 24.4% reduction in energy intensity.
Environmental Protection Agency – EPA met all 7 of its targets for the year. Achieved a 24.9% reduction in fleet vehicle use. Received 129% of all energy from renewable sources (not quite sure how they did that).
It’s great that the government has the ability to set environmental standards for its internal operations. You can see the impressive savings that they have achieved as a result. Now if they would only take that same sense of commitment to a cleaner, safer planet and apply it to their respective missions, we might really be getting somewhere.
RP Siegel is the co-author of the eco-thriller Vapor Trails, the first in a series covering the human side of various sustainability issues including energy, food, and water. Like airplanes, we all leave behind a vapor trail. And though we can easily see others’, we rarely see our own.
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