Obama Mandates Federal Energy Efficiency Improvements & Agency Emission Reduction Targets

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It seems President Obama is starting to step up on the environment: Last week was the EPA and greenhouse gas emissions from large emitters, now the President has signed an executive order that requires Federal agencies to set 2020 emission reduction targets within 90 days, as well as a whole slew of other efficiency improvements, including:

  • 30% reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 2020.
  • 26% improvement in water efficiency by 2020.
  • 50% recycling and waste diversion by 2015.
  • 95% of all applicable contracts will meet sustainability requirements.
  • Implementation of the 2030 net-zero-energy building requirement.
  • Implementation of the stormwater provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, section 438.
  • Development of guidance for sustainable Federal building locations in alignment with Livability Principles put forward by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the EPA.

The 15-page executive order, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance" [PDF] goes into much greater detail on how each of these targets is to be reached.

Low-Flow Fixtures & Fewer Vehicles...
For example, in terms of improving water efficiency: Potable water consumption intensity is to be reduced 2% annually through 2020 by "implementing water management strategies including water-efficient and low flow fixtures".

Reducing the use of fossil fuels is to be achieved by: Using low emitting and alternative fuel vehicles, optimizing the number of vehicles in the Federal fleet, and a 2% annual reduction in petroleum usage through 2020. Military, law enforcement, fire, health and space exploration vehicles are specifically exempt.

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