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Sustainability

The Department of Energy (DOE) supports the understanding and implementation of sustainability programs throughout the complex

The Department of Energy (DOE) supports the understanding and implementation of sustainability programs throughout the complex

DOE Headquarters provides technical assistance, coordination, and integration throughout the complex in the resolution of sustainability issues as well as assistance that supports improved program and field implementation of sustainability programs.

Electronics Stewardship
DOE is committed to responsible environmental stewardship of its electronic assets including computers, displays, printers, and cell phones.

Environmental Management Systems
DOE uses Environmental Management Systems already in place at DOE facilities as a management framework to determine and achieve sustainability goals and targets.

Fugitive Emissions
DOE is committed to using science, technology, and effective management to minimize fugitive emissions throughout the Department. To assist in achieving this goal the Department created the Fugitive Emissions' Working Group.

Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction
The purpose of pollution prevention and waste reduction as stated in the Departments Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan is to “prevent or reduce pollution at the source whenever feasible. Pollutants and wastes that cannot be prevented through source reduction will be diverted from entering the waste stream through environmentally safe and cost-effective reuse or recycling to the greatest extent practicable."

Sustainable Acquisition
As with all agencies there are many environmental, energy, transportation and economic considerations affecting the acquisition process at DOE. DOE is committed to achieving excellence in "Green Purchasing" by acquiring products with the most environmental attributes possible.

Scope3 Greenhouse Gas Training Course
This training covers multiple aspects of Scope 3 GHG emissions in a series of modules. Each module targets specific types of staff. The training includes an overview module, which is broadly appropriate for managers and employees looking for an easy guide to understanding Scope 3 GHG reduction measures within DOE, as well as detailed modules that are more appropriate for those responsible for or affected by the planning in specific areas-such as employee commuting or business travel-for meeting the FY 2020 reduction targets.