New Executive Order: US Federal Government sets a good example in reducing greenhouse gas emission

The US government is committed to lead by example in fighting global climate change. US president Obama today issued an executive order to cut Federal Government’s greenhouse gas emission (GHG) by 40% by the year 2025. This way, US-taxpayers could be saved up to $ 18 billion. Following the good example, several major Federal suppliers have likewise declared to substantially cut their GHG emissions. 

Specifically, the executive order directs Federal agencies to: 

  • Obtain 25% of their energy demand from regenerative sources by the year 2025.
  • Reduce the energy use of federal buildings by 2.5% annually.
  • Lower the GHG emission of the Federal fleets by 30% as well as increase the share of zero emission and hybrid vehicles.
  • Reduce water consumption in Federal buildings by 2%.

Obama commented on the executive order: “We’re proving that it is possible to grow our economy robustly while at the same time doing the right thing for our environment and tackling climate change in a serious way.”

Further information can be found here.

Source: The White House