The Department has established a FY 2025 Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction goal of 36 percent below the FY 2008 baseline. 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 clean and renewable energy;
  • Implementing on-site renewable energy generation projects; and
  • Reducing the use of fossil fuels in both buildings and fleet.

The Department also established a FY 2025 Scope 3 GHG emissions reduction goal of 23 percent below FY 2008 levels. 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:

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

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