The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Sustainability Performance Office (SPO) tracks, plans, and reports progress on sustainability metrics set by Executive Order (E.O.) 13514, E.O. 13423, related statutes, and the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP).
- Scorecards and Evaluations
- Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans
- Greenhouse Gas Inventories
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Fleet Management
DOE is regularly evaluated on its progress toward meeting sustainability goals. In this fourth annual public posting of Federal agency scorecards, the fiscal year (FY) 2014 scorecard serves as an important benchmark to see where DOE has been successful in achieving its sustainability goals, reducing emissions, reducing operating costs, and identifying opportunities for improvement.
The Federal government must lead by example, thus agencies set and strive to meet aggressive targets for saving energy and water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing waste. Based on benchmarks in the FY 2013 scorecard, DOE will update its annual SSPP to continue building on accomplishments and find additional ways to meet and exceed its clean energy goals.
In the last year, DOE achieved a number of important successes in its efforts to promote clean energy, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and lead by example across the Federal government. These successes include:
- The Department adding 33 buildings to its green building portfolio, for a total of 101 DOE High-Performance Sustainable Buildings. This represents a 49% increase over FY 2012 performance.
- The Department reducing fleet petroleum use by 8% from FY 2012, a 16% cumulative reduction from the FY 2005 baseline, placing DOE on track to meet the FY 2020 30% goal.
- DOE completing construction of an 11.5 megawatt wind farm at its Pantex Plant. Financed through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), the five-turbine wind farm is the largest federally owned wind farm in the country.
- The new biomass cogeneration facility at Savannah River Site completed the first full year of operations. The ESPC funded project produced 69 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity and 567 billion British thermal units of steam. The new facility is a major contributor to the Department’s achievement of its interim energy intensity and renewable energy goals.
The FY 2014 scorecard shows DOE is making great progress in many areas, but still has room to improve. While newer facilities use world-leading energy efficiency technologies, approximately 25% of DOE buildings are more than 50 years old. DOE continues to make significant progress in decommissioning and demolishing inefficient, excess facilities, and will strive to make its existing building stock more energy efficient and sustainable.
Previous DOE scorecards:
Each year, DOE prepares a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan in accordance with E.O. 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. The SSPP provides a uniform framework for agencies to assess progress to date and plan for attainment towards Federally mandated sustainability goals and requirements. The annual plan is submitted to the Office of Management and Budget and the White House Council for Environmental Quality and released publicly.
The 2014 SSPP, released October 31, 2014, marks the fifth issuance of the annual plan. The latest plan highlights DOE’s performance against key sustainability goals, including reductions to GHG emissions, energy and water intensity, and fleet petroleum. While this progress is notable, the plan serves to ensure DOE maintains these gains while making strides to improve sustainability performance in all SSPP goal areas.
Previous DOE SSPPs:
In FY 2010, the Department of Energy and other Federal agencies conducted comprehensive agency greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories. These first-ever agency GHG inventories fulfilled E.O. 13514 requirements.
As required by the Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning Implementation Instructions, DOE released a statement that commits the agency to addressing the impacts climate change may have on operations and assets through adaptation planning.
DOE released its first Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP) as an appendix to the 2012 SSPP. On October 31, 2014, DOE released its second CCAP, updated in accordance with Executive Order 13653, Preparing the United States for Climate Change. The 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plan outlines the vulnerabilities at DOE sites and National Laboratories and the approach DOE will take to increase preparedness.
Fulfilling a requirement of the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005 and E.O. 13423, DOE prepares an annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Report. The report summarizes DOE's progress toward meeting the AFV acquisition, petroleum reduction, and alternative fuel use increase requirements set forth through the aforementioned executive order and statutes. View the FY 2008 AFV Acquisition Report.
For additional information on planning and reporting, contact the Sustainability Performance Office.