Federal Agencies Release Energy and Sustainability Performance Updates

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2013

Federal Agencies Release Energy and Sustainability Performance Updates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration’s initiative to reduce energy use, pollution and waste and save money in Federal operations, Federal agencies today released annual updates that show significant progress toward energy and sustainability goals.  Under Executive Order 13514, President Obama directed Federal agencies to reduce their carbon pollution, increase renewable energy use, and meet energy and water efficiency goals.  These annual performance scorecards benchmark agencies’ progress and help them to target the best opportunities to improve their energy efficiency and reduce costs and waste in their operations moving forward.

“Smarter, cleaner, and more efficient energy use across the government is saving taxpayers billions of dollars while improving our environment and spurring innovation in clean energy technologies,” said OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell.  “As a result of historic investments in energy efficiency over the last four years, the government will consume 20 percent less energy in buildings than it would have, saving taxpayers billions of dollars.”

“President Obama set ambitious energy and environmental goals for agencies under the principle that the Federal Government should be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, a good neighbor in American communities, and a good example for how to curb pollution, use less energy, and support the growth of a clean energy economy,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Agencies are showing great leadership through initiatives in their annual sustainability plans, and these scorecards show their efforts are paying off.”

This is the third time agencies have publicly released their Office of Management and Budget energy and sustainability scorecards as part of the Administration’s commitment to increasing transparency and accountability in Federal operations.  Based on these FY 2012 benchmarks, agencies will update their annual Sustainability Plans to continue to improve their performance. 

To view agency scorecards, visit: http://sustainability.performance.gov/

To learn more about Executive Order 13514, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/sustainability

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