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Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Goal 1: Greenhouse Gas Reduction

GSA is actively taking steps to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Federal buildings, vehicles, procurement activities, and other business areas in order to limit the Federal Government's contribution to climate change.

Evaluation Measures and Successes

-In FY 2010, GSA established a scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction target of 28.7 percent from FY 20081evels by FY 2020. GSA exceeded its FY 2020 target in FY 2012, having achieved 36.6 percent reduction (over 828,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents) from FY 2008 levels, which is equivalent to the annual emissions from over 172,000 passenger vehicles.

-In FY 2012, GSA reduced scope 1 GHG emissions from its internal fleet by 17 percent fromFY 2008 levels.

-In FY 2012, GSA reduced energy usage per square foot by 24.5 percent from FY 2003 levels in its buildings that are subject to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), ahead of its target of 21 percent. GSA would have spent an additional $65.5 million on energy in FY 2012 if energy use intensity (EUI) was still at FY 2003 levels. GSA is committed to reducing energy intensity in EISA 2007 subject buildings by 37.5 percent from FY 2003 levels by FY 2020.

-In FY 2012, GSA reduced travel expenditures by over $28 million and scope 3 business air travel emissions by more than 47 percent from FY 2010 levels.

Planned Actions

-GSA conducts comprehensive energy and water evaluations in each of its 196 EISA 2007 covered facilities once every four years. In FY 2013 and FY 2014, GSA will use Rapid Building Assessment (RBA) technology to evaluate 90-95 percent of the approximately 26 facilities it will be required to audit annually. RBA allows GSA to evaluate facility performance quickly and accurately at a fraction of the price of a traditional audit. GSA anticipates saving an estimated $2-3 million dollars in audit costs in FYs 2013 and 2014 by using RBA instead of traditional audits.

-During FY 2013 GSA successfully implemented a smart building assessment, analytics, and management tool called GSALink with 55 initial buildings and will deploy an additional 26 buildings in FY 2014. GSA intends to integrate up to 150 to 200 facilities with the GSALink application between FY 2014-2016. GSALink represents the way GSA will be managing and operating facilities in the future. It will allow GSA to reduce energy consumption using a high-tech, low-cost approach to diagnose and correct costly building automation system faults in a timely manner. Since going live with our connected buildings in September 2013, GSA has identified savings opportunities of approximately $2,373,000. Estimated savings is projected to be $13,125,000 over the next sixteen months as GSAlink becomes fully operational.

-GSA will implement its Shave Energy Program in 37 buildings by the end of FY 2013 and has so far identified an additional 12 buildings for implementation in FY 2014. The Shave Energy program engages GSA facilities and property management personnel to identify and implement no-cost and low-cost energy efficiency measures through actionable best practices for building operations using prescribed tools, training, and resources. GSA estimates that in FY15 $2.625 million in energy costs will be saved through the Shave Energy Program.


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