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 2014 Scorecard on Sustainability and Energy shows dramatic improvements in seven key sustainability performance measures.
Under the leadership of Secretary Foxx, DOT has made significant improvements to its operations to meet the President’s sustainability mandates. “DOT is proud that for the past two years it has been in the top half of federal agencies meeting the President’s sustainability mandates,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “Going forward, DOT will continue to advance our sustainability performance and strengthen the commitment to protecting the environment.”
Some highlights of the Department’s FY2013 performance include:
- Maintained a steady reduction trend and nearly doubled scope 3 greenhouse gas reductions - DOT has reduced its overall scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 29.2 percent and its scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 27.3 percent, both relative to a FY2008 baseline.
- Renewable energy made up more than 9 percent of DOT’s electricity consumption.
- Exceeding the FY2015 target, two years early - DOT has reduced petroleum consumption in its fleet by 800,000 gallons or 22 percent since 2005.
- DOT has nearly quadrupled its alternative fuel use since 2005.
- DOT has reduced building energy use by 137 billion BTUs (British Thermal Units) which represents a 20 percent reduction (measured by intensity) from a FY2003 baseline.
- For the first time, DOT met and exceeded its water reduction target and more than doubled last year’s progress. The Department reduced water consumption by more than 100 million gallons in FY2013, which represents a 24 percent improvement from the FY2007 baseline.
- DOT enhanced its green procurement language 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 and saw several more buildings meet these requirements.
- DOT finalized nine sustainability policy orders governing internal DOT operations. The policy orders impact all aspects of the Department’s operations, from sustainable buildings, to its vehicle fleet, to green purchasing.
- Through a collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE), DOT nearly doubled the number of facilities reviewed for energy and water savings. This work identified nearly $1 million in potential cost savings for DOT.
- DOT continued implementing performance-based contracts to further reduce its energy and water footprint, and is committed to awarding at least $40.6M in building improvement project value by December 2016.
DOT continues to integrate sustainable practices into all aspects of its programs and operations. In FY 2013, the Department took significant strides forward by incorporating climate change adaptation and resiliency considerations into DOT policies and grant programs, especially those related to Hurricane Sandy. Furthermore, DOT is helping Americans use less gas by promoting transportation options, such as bus rapid transit, light rail, streetcars and bike shares, as well as raised fuel economy standards for their cars. DOT has improved walkability of our communities across the nation, by giving local leaders, city planners and parents the tools to keep pedestrians safe. The Department continues to invest in clean public transportation technology, like fuel-cell buses, high-speed and higher performing passenger rail. In addition, DOT made airline travel safer and more sustainable by issuing over $20 million to reduce noise, conventional fuel and water use, and improve air quality at airports around the country. Each of these important programs will ensure the nation’s transportation system continues to be fast, safe, efficient and sustainable.
Through the sustainability program, the Department looks forward to growing its culture of sustainability and accelerating its successful track record of innovation and improvements.