President Obama announced cut in the US Federal Government’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% over the next decade from 2008 levels – saving taxpayers up to $18 billion in avoided energy costs.
The plan includes increase in government’s use of power from renewable sources to 30%.
The suppliers to the government have also joined in to set new targets. Together, the combined result could reduce GHG emissions by 26 million metric tons by 2025 from 2008 levels, the equivalent of taking nearly 5.5 million cars off the road for a year.
The administration is planning to publicly track self-reported emissions disclosure and progress for all major Federal suppliers, who together represent more than $187 billion in Federal spending and account for more than 40% of all Federal contract dollars.