The mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. DOT’s 2013 Scorecard on Sustainability and Energy shows dramatic improvements in seven key sustainability performance measures.
Under the leadership of Secretary LaHood, DOT has made significant improvements to its operations to meet the President’s sustainability mandates. “In just two years, DOT has improved its sustainability performance in every category,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “That is attributable to DOT’s commitment to protecting the environment and the leadership of Brodi Fontenot, DOT’s Senior Sustainability Officer.”
Some highlights of the Department’s FY2012 performance include:
- Exceeding its FY2020 goal for Greenhouse Gas emissions eight years early - DOT has reduced its overall scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 30.8 percent and its scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 14.1 percent, both relative to a FY2008 baseline.
- DOT has reduced building energy use by 156 billion BTUs (British Thermal Units) which represents a 24 percent reduction (measured by intensity) from a FY2003 baseline.
- DOT has nearly doubled its use of renewable energy – jumping from 8 percent to 14 percent of total energy consumed in FY2012.
- DOT has reduced petroleum consumption in its fleet by 500,000 gallons or 14.5 percent since 2005, exceeding the FY2012 EO target.
- DOT has nearly tripled its alternative fuel use since 2005 and reduced the petroleum consumption of its fleet by 14.5 percent.
- DOT reduced water consumption by 45 million gallons in FY2012, which represents a 10 percent improvement from the previous year, though more work remains to meet the President’s water reduction goal.
- DOT enhanced its green procurement clauses for all appropriate supply and service contracts to include bio-based products.
- DOT is also taking aggressive steps to upgrade its facilities to meet the high performance sustainable buildings requirements.
- DOT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program to provide technical assistance in the design of new energy efficient buildings and the evaluation of existing buildings. This partnership has resulted in the identification of an estimated $5 million in project savings.
- DOT continued the process of implementing performance-based contracts to further reduce its energy and water footprint and is committed to awarding at least $36M in building improvement project value by December 2013.
DOT continues to integrate sustainable practices into all aspects of its programs and operations. In FY 2012, the Department took significant strides forward by incorporating climate change adaptation and resiliency considerations into DOT policies and grant programs and releasing its first ever Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Additionally, DOT has helped Americans use less gas by giving them transportation options, such as bus rapid transit, light rail, streetcars and bike shares. For families that rely on cars to get where they need to go, the Department worked with the Administration to roll out historic standards that will increase fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. DOT has helped our airlines reduce fuel use and carbon emissions through our NextGen initiative, and the Department has invested $12 billion in high-speed and higher performing passenger rail—giving Americans relief from congested highways and airways. Each of these important programs will ensure the nation’s transportation system continues to be fast, safe, efficient and sustainable.
Going forward, the Department will continue to build on its successes, both strategic and tactical, and move quickly to address areas that need improvement.