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April 21, 2010

DOE Issues Guidance for Reducing Petroleum Use in Federal Fleets

DOE released on April 14 its Federal Fleet Management Guidance, the first comprehensive guidance document to address the environmental impact of the federal vehicles. It will help agencies develop strategies to reduce their petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, meeting a requirement of President Obama's Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance. The fleet guidance highlights a number of ways federal agencies can reduce petroleum consumption by reducing vehicle miles traveled, increasing fleet fuel efficiency, and switching to alternative fuels with lower GHG emissions. The document calls for federal agencies to optimize the size of both their fleets and the vehicles that make up those fleets, encourage transit options such as bicycling, and purchase alternative fuel vehicles, including electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The guidance also provides federal agencies with methods to track petroleum reductions and alternative fuel use.

On October 5, 2009, the president signed Executive Order 13514, calling on federal agencies to reduce petroleum fuel use by 2% each year from 2005 through 2020, for a total 30% reduction. Agencies will be accountable for meeting these goals and are required to annually report on their progress and make adjustments as necessary. Each vehicle purchase must demonstrate how it helps support the agency's mission and sustainability targets. The new guidance follows the General Service Administration's recently announced plans to double the federal hybrid fleet this year and to buy about 100 plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2011. See the DOE press release, the Federal Fleet Management Guidance (PDF 755 KB), and a summary of Executive Order 13514 from DOE's Federal Energy Management Program. Download Adobe Reader.