The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will use the January 2017 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 13693, federal agencies are directed to lead by example in clean energy and to meet a range of energy, water, and pollution and waste reduction targets. The benchmarks were established before the Department experienced dramatic growth of its personnel supporting law enforcement missions which masks some of the Department’s achievements since 2009. Nevertheless the benchmarks provide an effective opportunity for tracking progress from year-to-year.
The January 2017 OMB Scorecard shows that during fiscal year 2016 (FY16) the Department reduced its energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, potable water use, and increased its use of renewable energy. The Department is committed to maintaining its mission capabilities while working to increase energy efficiency, reduce fleet petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, increase sustainable buildings 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 FY16 DHS reported a vehicle fleet per mile reduction of 17.5% compared to a FY 2014 baseline.
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 FY16, DHS met or exceeded the following goals:
- Reduced scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 33.7 percent and scope 3 emissions by 41.3 percent.
- Reduced the potable water intensity by 25.1 percent through conservation initiatives at facilities across the DHS mission space.
- Purchased 10 percent of facility electricity use from renewable electricity sources.
- Awarded over $83 million 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.
- Purchased 80,658 electronic products that were EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) registered, saving money, energy and natural resources.
- Established 12.9 percent of its building inventory as sustainable.
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.