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March 22, 2015

President Obama Signs Executive Order Aimed at Cutting Federal Government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that seeks to reduce the federal government’s carbon footprint. The order calls on 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.

In addition to the executive order, the White House said several private companies that provide goods and services to the federal government have also pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The White House announcement on the executive order outlines some of those private sector efforts. The White House has also created a scorecard that will allow federal suppliers to voluntarily track their GHG reduction efforts. According to the White House, the efforts by federal agencies and these companies “will reduce GHG emissions by 26 million metric tons by 2025 from 2008 levels, the equivalent of taking nearly 5.5 million cars off the road for a year.”