Executive Action could lower carbon emissions by 40 percent

Obama signs Executive Order reducing government’s carbon emissions by 40%

Administrator Gina McCarthy announces cuts on Facebook

obama-signing-exec-orderLate last year, in an historic joint announcement with China, President Obama set an ambitious goal for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change – a clear sign that the United States’ commitment to leadership on climate change at home and abroad is stronger than ever.

To achieve this level of government-wide progress, each of our agencies has had to step up and take real action. And it’s working. Here are a few examples:

Department of Energy: As a leader in addressing the Nation’s energy and environmental challenges through science and technology, DOE takes energy management and GHG reductions seriously. The Department set a GHG goal to reduce its emissions 28 percent by 2020. As of 2013, the Department has exceeded that goal and cut its emissions by more than 34 percent.

Environmental Protection Agency: EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment, so it makes sense that the Agency is a leader in the federal government’s efforts cut its own emissions. In 2010, EPA set a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020. As of 2013, the Agency had exceeded that goal and cut its emissions by more than 57 percent.

General Services Administration: GSA oversees the business of the U.S. federal government, putting the Agency in a leadership position to support government-wide GHG goals. GSA set a GHG reduction goal to reduce its emissions 28 percent by 2020. As of 2013, the Agency has exceeded that goal and cut its emissions by more than 53 percent.