WASHINGTON – U.S. federal agencies released their reports from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about whether they met a range of sustainability goals for 2011. The OMB issued "scorecards" for each agency, detailing whether it met a given goal.
The goals are detailed in Executive Order 13514, where President Obama directed federal agencies to meet energy, water, pollution, and waste reduction targets. Two areas the executive order focuses on are fleet petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions.
In this first installment, Government Fleet magazine took a look at each agency’s OMB scorecard to find out whether each agency met one of two goals. The first goal, for a “green” score, is a 12% reduction in petroleum use compared with 2005 and being on track to meet a 20% reduction by 2015. The second goal, which is a “yellow” score, is to achieve at least a 10% reduction compared with 2005.
Out of 24 agencies, 13 got a “green” score and are on track to meet their 20% reduction in petroleum use by 2015; nine agencies are not on track; and the OMB did not report information for two agencies. Also, seven agencies saw an increase in fuel economy when compared with 2005.
The chart below details the specific decreases (or increases) for each agency. In the next installment, Government Fleet will take a look at whether these agencies are on track to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This is the second time federal agencies have publicly released sustainability information related to the goals set in the executive order.
|Federal Agency||Petroleum Use Performance (compared to 2005)||On Track for 20% Reduction by 2015?|
|Dept. of Commerce||16.2% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of Defense||13.4% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of Education||99.8% increase||No|
|Dept. of Energy||5.2% decrease||No|
|Dept. of Health and Human Services||28.8% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of Homeland Security||261% increase||No|
|Dept. of Housing and Urban Development||78.7% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of Justice||26.2% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of Labor||12.3% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of State||15.5% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of the Interior||14% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of the Treasury||61% decrease||Yes|
|Dept. of Transportation||4.9% decrease||No|
|Dept. of Veterans Affairs||6.5% increase||No|
|Environmental Protection Agency||32.7% decrease||Yes|
|General Services Administration||25.6% decrease||Yes|
|National Aeronautics and Space Administration||18.7% decrease||Yes|
|National Archives and Records Administration||18.6% increase||No|
|Office of Personnel Management||81.9% increase||No|
|Smithsonian Institution||Not Available||NA|
|Social Security Administration||34.7% decrease||Yes|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||8.1% increase||No|
|U.S. Army Corps of Engineers||14.3% increase||No|
|U.S. Postal Service||Not Available||NA|
By Greg Basich