Addressing climate change in federal operations
Back in April, GSA reached a 51% reduction (since 2008) of its building portfolio’s annual operational greenhouse gas emissions, more than a decade ahead of the 2032 goal. This year, advancing new government-wide goals, GSA will further support customer agencies’ needs for zero-emission vehicles and carbon pollution-free electricity procurement.
“We’re thrilled to reach this milestone, and we’ll keep pushing to reach the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “As a country, we must continue to invest in and upgrade our over 1,500 owned federal properties to build a cleaner, healthier future for America.”
GSA has issued new standards for the concrete and asphalt used in nationwide GSA construction, modernization and paving projects. These standards are the first of their kind in the U.S. to apply beyond a local jurisdiction. They will help strengthen American leadership in clean manufacturing, catalyze clean energy innovation and combat climate change.
Concrete is the most widely used building material, with over 500 million tons produced in the U.S. each year. Over 90% of U.S. paved roads are asphalt-surfaced, with about 420 million tons of asphalt produced in the U.S. each year. These widespread materials present an opportunity to lighten the environmental footprint of GSA’s building and paving projects.
GSA’s Green Proving Ground program leverages GSA’s extensive real estate portfolio to evaluate innovative building technologies in real-world settings. Evaluation results enable GSA to make sound investment decisions in next-generation building technologies.
The program selected two technologies aimed at unlocking the value of electric vehicle (EV) batteries to not only power vehicles, but to interact dynamically with a building’s electric load and the local electric grid. The assessment of these new technologies will refine GSA’s understanding of the requirements needed to support an all-electric fleet:
- EV Charge Management, WeaveGrid: The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to electrifying the 450,000 vehicles in the federal fleet. This EV charge management solution supports that goal by integrating embedded vehicle telematics with utility signals to optimize charging based on vehicle use, utility rates and the carbon content of delivered power.
- Bi-directional EV Charging, Fermata Energy: Bi-directional EV charging can be used to stabilize the grid by strategically using EVs to either power local building loads or send energy back to the grid.
GSA awarded new electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) blanket purchase agreements, making it easier for federal customers to buy the electric vehicle supply equipment needed as they work to electrify their fleets, including over 1,165 EVSE products.
We invite you to read more about new technologies being assessed by our Green Proving Ground.
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