Federal Greenhouse Gas Requirements
In This Section
The following federal executive orders, legislation, and statutes require the Agency to inventory and reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Executive Order 13514
Signed on October 5, 2009, Executive Order (EO) 13514, "Federal Leadership In Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance," introduced new GHG emissions management and reduction requirements for the federal government.
- GHG Emissions Inventory
- EO 13514 required agencies to develop an inventory of their Scope 1, Scope 2, and specified Scope 3 GHG emissions for fiscal year (FY) 2010 by January 2011. Each year thereafter, agencies must submit an annual inventory for the preceding fiscal year to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
GHG Emission Reductions
- EO 13514 required federal agencies to establish the following GHG emissions reduction targets, relative to an FY 2008 baseline for their Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions:
- FY 2020 reduction target for combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions: EPA submitted its reduction target of 25 percent to CEQ and OMB in January 2010. Read more about EPA’s reduction target.
- FY 2020 reduction target for Scope 3 GHG emissions: EPA submitted its reduction target of 8 percent to CEQ and OMB in June 2010.
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA)
Signed on December 19, 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) requires all light-duty motor vehicles or medium-duty passenger vehicles acquired by federal agencies to be low GHG-emitting vehicles. Learn more about EPA’s efforts to green its fleet.
Signed on January 27, 2007, EO 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management," requires federal agencies to reduce their GHG emissions through improved energy efficiency. Learn more about EPA’s energy efficiency and conservation efforts.
Learn more about previous federal requirements for GHG reductions, including EO 13123.