U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
Establish Internal Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets
Question to Answer
- What are appropriate GHG emission reduction targets for specific agency programs and sites?
Not all administrative units within the agency have the same potential to contribute to agency-level targets. This step aims to help agencies establish what each major administrative unit (e.g. program site) should contribute to the agency goal based on its planned growth trajectory and estimates of its cost and potential to reduce GHG emissions.
As illustrated in the figure below, two sites may have equal potential to reduce GHG emissions. But a site expecting significant mission-related growth prior to the 2020 target year may have a lower reduction target (-17%) than a site that is not expecting any growth beyond its baseline year (-22%). Without considering the unique potential of each site, an agency may set internal goals that are either too ambitious or too conservative for those sites.
Figure 1. Comparison of appropriate percent reduction targets at two similar sites.
Also see Prioritize Strategies and Set Internal Reduction Targets for Scope 1 & 2 GHG Emissions and for Scope 3 GHG Emissions.
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