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Greenhouse Gases



The Department established a FY 2020 scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction goal at 20% relative to FY 2008. Scope 1 emissions include direct greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by a Federal agency. Scope 2 emissions include direct greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the generation of electricity, heat, or steam purchased by a Federal agency. The broad strategies to achieve this goal are:

  • Reducing building energy intensity
  • Increasing the use of renewable energy
  • Implementing on-site renewable energy generation projects
  • Reducing the use of fossil fuels in both buildings and fleet

The Department established a FY 2020 scope 3 GHG emissions reduction goal at 9% relative to FY 2008.  Scope 3 emissions are from sources not owned or directly controlled by a Federal agency, but related to agency activities, services, and employee travel and commuting.  Click here for an illustrated explanation of  Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG
emissions.
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Scope 3 GHG emissions can be far reaching as they are the consequence of the Department’s activities. It represents an important opportunity to influence the behavior of employees and suppliers towards activities that reduce GHG emissions and protect the climate.

The broad strategies to achieve scope 3 GHG emissions reductions include:

  • Reducing purchased electricity consumption to minimize transmission and distribution losses
  • Implementing on-site renewable energy projects
  • Increasing diversion of nonhazardous solid waste
  • Implementing lower-carbon commuting and travel strategies for employees in coordination with the GSA

View the Department’s GHG Progress:

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