Requirements & Reporting
What is the Department’s Agency Sustainability Plan (ASP)?
Under Executive Order 13693, each federal agency is required to issue a sustainability plan focused on reducing that agency’s environmental footprint. Actions within the plan include reducing energy and fuel consumption, monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and engaging the Department’s workforce and stakeholders to develop innovative ways to share best practices and be environmentally responsible. Please use form to submit public comments.
What are the Department’s sustainability goals?
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
E.O. 13693 requires each agency to establish a Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions reduction target to be achieved by FY 2025 compared to a 2008 baseline. Department of State’s 2025 Scope 1 & 2 GHG reduction target is minus 38.5%.
E.O. 13693 requires each agency to establish a Scope 3 GHG emission reduction target to be achieved by FY 2025 compared to a 2008 baseline. The Department of State’s 2025 Scope 3 GHG reduction target is 5 percent.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) requires each agency to reduce energy intensity 30% by FY 2015 as compared to FY 2003 baseline. Section 3(a) of E.O. 13693 requires agencies to promote building energy conservation, efficiency, and management and reduce building energy intensity by 2.5% annually through the end of FY 2025, relative to a FY 2015 baseline and taking into account agency progress to date, except where revised pursuant to section 9(f) of E.O. 13693.
E.O. 13693 section 3(k) requires that agencies implement performance contracts for Federal buildings. E.O. 13693 section 3(k)(iii) also requires that agencies provide annual agency targets for performance contracting. The Department of State’s commitment under the President’s Performance Contracting Challenge is nearly $11,000,000 in contracts awarded by the end of calendar year 2016. The Department’s targets for the next two fiscal years are: FY 2017: $ 2.3 Million | FY 2018: $ 2.0 Million
E.O. 13693 section 3(f) states that agencies must improve water use efficiency and management, including storm water management, and requires agencies to reduce potable water consumption intensity, measured in gallons per square foot, by 2% annually through FY 2025 relative to an FY 2007 baseline. A 36% reduction is required by FY 2025.
E.O. 13693 section 3(g) states that agencies with a fleet of at least 20 motor vehicles will improve fleet and vehicle efficiency and management. E.O. 13693 section 3(g)(ii) requires agencies to reduce fleet-wide per-mile GHG emissions from agency fleet vehicles relative to a FY 2014 baseline and sets new goals for percentage reductions: not less than 4% by FY 2017; not less than 15 % by FY 2020; and not less than 30% by FY 2025.
E.O. 13693 section 3(g)(i) requires that agencies determine the optimum fleet inventory, emphasizing eliminating unnecessary or non-essential vehicles. The Fleet Management Plan and Vehicle Allocation Methodology (VAM) Report are included as appendices to this plan.
E.O. 13693 section 3(i) requires agencies to promote sustainable acquisition by ensuring that environmental performance and sustainability factors are considered to the maximum extent practicable for all applicable procurements in the planning, award and execution phases of acquisition.
E.O. 13693 section 3(j) requires that Federal agencies advance waste prevention and pollution prevention and to annually divert at least 50% of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris. Section 3(j)(ii) further requires agencies to divert at least 50% of non-hazardous solid waste, including food and compostable material, and to pursue opportunities for net-zero waste or additional diversion.
E.O. 13693 section 3(l) requires that agencies promote electronics stewardship, including procurement preference for environmentally sustainable electronic products; establishing and implementing policies to enable power management, duplex printing, and other energy efficient or environmentally sustainable features on all eligible agency electronic products; and employing environmentally sound practices with respect to the agency's disposition of all agency excess or surplus electronic products.
Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience
Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change; E.O.13693 outlines Federal agency responsibilities in the areas of supporting climate resilient investment; managing lands and waters for climate preparedness and resilience; providing information, data and tools for climate change preparedness and resilience; and planning.
E.O. 13693 section 3(h)(viii) states that as part of building efficiency, performance, and management, agencies should incorporate climate-resilient design and management elements into the operation, repair, and renovation of existing agency buildings and the design of new agency buildings. In addition, section 13(a) requires agencies to identify and address projected impacts of climate change on mission critical water, energy, communication, and transportation demands and consider those climate impacts in operational preparedness planning for major agency facilities and operations. Section 13(b) requires agencies to calculate the potential cost and risk to mission associated with agency operations that do not take into account such information and consider that cost in agency decision-making.
E.O. 13677, Climate Resilient International Development, requires agencies with direct international development programs and investments to incorporate climate-resilience consideration into decision making by assessing and evaluating climate-related risks to and vulnerabilities in agency strategies, planning, programs, projects, investments, overseas facilities, and related funding decisions, adjusting to address climate impacts as appropriate, and encouraging multilateral entities in which the Department participants, to do the same.