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Greening EPA's Fleet

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EPA is protecting human health and the environment while also meeting legislative requirements by increasing its use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), which reduce harmful emissions and increase fuel efficiency. AFVs include electric vehicles, ethanol-fueled vehicles, and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles. These vehicles can be more fuel-efficient and emit less carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other air pollutants than traditional vehicles. AFV use is encouraged by Executive Order (EO) 13423 and the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992Exit EPA Disclaimer.

EPA is committed to acquiring AFVs and other advanced technology vehicles, reducing its use of petroleum fuel, increasing alternative fuel consumption, and leading other federal agencies by example. EPA has exceeded EPAct AFV acquisition requirements every year since fiscal year (FY) 1999. In FY 2013, EPA again exceeded EPAct AFV acquisition requirements with the acquisition of 75 AFVs. All non-exempt, light-duty vehicles acquired in FY 2013 were AFVs. Looking to the future, EPA plans to continue to acquire plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and other advanced technology vehicles as they become available.

The document below provides more information on how the Agency is greening EPA's fleet:

EO 13514 Guidance

The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program has prepared Guidance for Federal Agencies on EO 13514 Section 12, Federal Fleet Management (PDF) (36 pp, 1814K, About PDF) to help federal agencies meet the fleet management goals and requirements in EO 13514.

Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance

On May 24, 2011, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum entitled "Federal Fleet Performance" which instructs federal agencies to conduct a vehicle allocation methodology (VAM). This VAM will help agencies determine the optimal fleet inventory needed to meet their mission requirements. GSA directed agencies on how to comply with the Presidential Memorandum via "GSA Bulletin FMR B-30, Motor Vehicle Management," which details VAM requirements. The expected outcome of the VAM is to eliminate unnecessary or non-essential vehicles from an agency's fleet. As part of the VAM, agencies are required to establish a baseline fleet inventory profile that tracks and describes vehicles individually. Agencies must develop vehicle threshold criteria to justify mission essential vehicles and conduct a survey which applies these criteria to each vehicle.

Using information collected from EPA's survey, the Agency has determined that its optimal fleet inventory target consists of 663 non-exempt vehicles. This is a reduction of 42 vehicles (approximately 6 percent) from the FY 2011 inventory baseline of 705 vehicles. EPA will continue to review its VAM annually to identify where additional reductions can be made.


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