The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will use the January 2014 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Scorecard on Sustainability/Energy as a benchmark to identify and track the best opportunities to reduce pollution, improve efficiency and cut costs. Under Executive Order 13514, President Obama directed federal agencies to lead by example in clean energy and to meet a range of energy, water, and pollution and waste reduction targets.
The January 2014 OMB Scorecard shows that during fiscal year 2013 (FY13) the Department reduced its energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, potable water use, and made strides towards energy independence. The Department is committed to maintaining its mission capabilities while working to increase energy efficiency, reduce fleet petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable communities and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally preferred products and technologies.
DHS will continue to address areas that need improvement. Challenged by a growing mission, DHS developed an innovative new strategy for managing law enforcement fleets. In FY12 to FY13 the Fleet Program realized a 4 percent decrease in inventory size and a 6 percent decrease in petroleum fuel consumption.
A joint effort in sustainability and efficiency, the DHS “Freeze the Footprint” innovation plan includes detailed cost savings and avoidances in operating expenses and energy consumption, sales proceeds from disposals, and space cost reductions from flexible workplace strategies. The largest and most significant portion of cost savings will be realized through deploying flexible workplace strategies which should translate into further greenhouse gas emission reductions.
DHS is also incorporating sustainable building characteristics into new real estate investments, and continues to look for opportunities to leverage Performance-based contracts that will provide energy security and cost savings. The Department has implemented strategic-sourcing contracts to ensure the purchase of energy efficient electronics and recycled materials.
In FY13, DHS met or exceeded many goals:
- Reduced scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 30.1 percent and scope 3 emissions by 33.5 percent.
- 7.6 percent of all the electricity used by the Department came from renewable energy sources.
- Reduced the potable water intensity by 30 percent through conservation initiatives at facilities across the DHS mission space.
- Enabled energy savings features on 100 percent of eligible computers.
- Awarded $50.3m in Performance-based contracting, which will further reduce energy usage and cost.
- Included green language requirements in at least 95 percent of applicable contracts to help meet the federal government’s sustainable acquisition goals.
The Department has three strategic sustainability goals: leadership in sustainable law enforcement; strategic transformation towards sustainable business processes; and human capital investment to raise awareness of sustainable practices and how employees can support the Department.
Based on scorecard benchmarks, DHS will update its Sustainability Plan and post it on this website.