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Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Scope 3

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What is it?

Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are emissions from sources not owned or directly controlled by the Department, but related to DOT activities, such as employee business travel and commuting.

Goals:

DOT is committed to reducing its Scope 3 GHG emissions by 35 percent by 2025 compared to a 2008 baseline. To achieve this goal, DOT will plan and take the following actions:

  • Reduce employee business air and ground travel.
  • Develop and deploy an employee commuter emissions reduction plan.
  • Develop and implement a program to support alternative/zero emissions commuting methods and provide necessary infrastructure.
  • Establish policies and programs to facilitate workplace charging for employee electric vehicles.
  • Include requirements for building lessor disclosure of carbon emission or energy consumption data and report Scope 3 GHG emissions for leases over 10,000 rentable square feet.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Progress:

Since 2008, DOT has reduced its Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 27.3 percent.

Activities/ Accomplishments:
DOT has implemented several strategies in order to reduce Scope 3 GHG Emissions, and some of these strategies include: 1) reducing employee business air travel through technologies such as web conferencing; 2) increasing telework rates through making more employees eligible for telework and/or allowing an increase in total number of days teleworked; and 3) using an employee commuting survey to identify opportunities and strategies for reducing commuter emissions.

Spotlight Story:

The source of a majority of DOT’s Scope 3 GHG emissions is employee commuting. At DOT headquarters in Washington DC, a pilot program is planned in 2016 which will provide approximately 200 employees with a subsidized annual membership to Capital Bikeshare, a regional public transportation system that uses shared bicycles. This will help make DOT a more bike-friendly workplace, and will increase zero emission commuting.

Promoting the use of public transportation for commuting, especially zero-emission modes, is a crucial step to achieving reductions in Scope 3 GHG emissions.

Related initiatives:
Greenhouse Gases, Scope 1 & 2
Pollution Prevention
Sustainable Acquisition

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016
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