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Department of Energy Issues Federal Fleet Management Guidance
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program today released its Federal Fleet Management Guidance, meeting a requirement of President Obama's Executive Order (E.O. 13514) on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. This is the first comprehensive guidance to address the environmental impact of the federal fleet and will help agencies develop petroleum and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies.
In signing E.O. 13514, President Obama called on federal agencies to reduce petroleum fuel use by 2% each year from 2005 through 2020, for a total 30% reduction. 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 lower GHG-emitting and alternative fuels. 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 guidance calls for innovative approaches to federal fleet management by optimizing fleet and vehicle size, encouraging active transit options such as bicycling, and purchasing 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.
The clean fleet guidance follows President Obama's announcement last month on the General Services Administration's plan to double the federal hybrid fleet this year and purchase approximately 100 plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2011. The DOE is leading by example by replacing 753 vehicles with hybrids this year, even as the Department begins to reduce the overall size of its vehicle fleet.