Executive Order 13514
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Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance
Executive Order (EO) 13514, “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance,” was signed on October 5, 2009. EO 13514 introduces new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management requirements, expands water reduction requirements for federal agencies, and addresses waste diversion, local planning, sustainable buildings, environmental management, and electronics stewardship.
EO 13514 enhances EO 13423, which requires agencies to reduce energy and water intensity and achieve other sustainability goals. All the provisions of EO 13423 remain in effect. EO 13514 requires federal agencies to achieve the following goals:
GHG Emissions: Establish reduction targets for Agencywide Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 GHG emissions to be achieved by fiscal year (FY) 2020, relative to an FY 2008 baseline. Develop and report annual comprehensive inventories of Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 GHG emissions. Learn more about EO 13514’s GHG requirements.
- Building Performance: Ensure that all new construction and major renovations meet the Guiding Principles for High-Performance Sustainable Buildings, and that 15 percent of existing buildings meet them by FY 2015. Starting in FY 2020, design federal buildings to achieve "zero net energy" by FY 2030.
- Water Conservation: Reduce potable water consumption intensity 26 percent by FY 2020, compared to an FY 2007 baseline. (This extends the water consumption intensity reduction requirement of EO 13423 by five years.) Reduce industrial, landscaping, and agricultural water use 20 percent by FY 2020, compared to an FY 2010 baseline.
- Strategic Planning: Develop a "Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan" that commits the Agency to identify specific goals for achieving this executive order and to evaluate Agency climate change risks and vulnerabilities in order to manage the effects of climate change on the Agency’s operations and mission.
- Stormwater Management: EPA is required to issue guidance on the implementation of Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which it issued on December 4, 2009. View EPA's stormwater management guidance (PDF) (63 pp, 2.5MB).
- Local Planning: Participate in regional transportation planning, increase selection of local energy use, and plan new facility locations near existing town centers.
- Fleet Management: Reduce fleet consumption of petroleum fuels by 2 percent annually through FY 2020 from an FY 2005 baseline.
- Waste Diversion and Pollution Prevention: Achieve a 50 percent solid waste diversion rate by FY 2015. Reduce paper use, increase composting, and decrease chemical use.
- Procurement: Ensure 95 percent of new contract actions (task and delivery orders) are energy- and water-efficient, biobased, environmentally preferable, generally non-toxic, and contain recycled content.
- Electronics Stewardship: Procure products that are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered, ENERGY STAR® labeled, or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated equipment.
- Environmental Management: Continue to employ environmental management systems at all organizational levels.