Secretary Chu, right, discusses electric vehicles with Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, at an event in 2011.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM is on pace to meet the first of a series of goals to reduce its vehicle fleet and help DOE accomplish a broader initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decrease petroleum consumption across the complex.
In January 2011, Secretary Chu challenged DOE to reduce its vehicle fleet by 35 percent over three years, and EM committed to a 15 percent drop in fiscal year 2012 and 10 percent cuts in both fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The DOE effort is among the cost-effective fleet reduction practices being implemented across the government to ensure federal agencies are leading by example in fuel efficiency and innovative technology, such as the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
EM’s Office of Deactivation and Decommissioning and Facility Engineering is working closely with EM field sites across the complex to meet the targets that would lead to a leaner vehicle fleet. EM is on track to eliminate 408 vehicles by the end of fiscal year 2012 on Sept. 30, mainly from the Hanford and Savannah River sites, which have EM's largest fleets.
“EM employees across the DOE complex are working hard to meet or exceed the first fleet reduction goal without compromising the EM mission to complete the safe cleanup of our nation’s environmental legacy,” said Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga. “Meanwhile, we are helping DOE and the greater federal government build a 21st century clean energy economy and saving taxpayer dollars.”
The subsequent interval goals call for EM to remove 272 vehicles from its fleet in both fiscal years 2013 and 2014. In all, 952 vehicles would be eliminated over three fiscal years.
EM maintains a diverse fleet to support its legacy radioactive waste cleanup work conducted by EM employees and contractors. The vehicles include passenger vehicles, pickup and heavy-duty trucks and special-purpose vehicles. This fleet excludes cranes, backhoes and other heavy-construction equipment.
EM’s pursuit of a strategic planning goal to reduce the legacy footprint by 90 percent by 2015 increases the likelihood of success with the fleet reduction targets. A smaller footprint means fewer cleanup activities requiring vehicles.
EM has already celebrated victories in the pursuit of fuel efficiency and improved sustainability.
Earlier this year, DOE honored an EM representative for her efforts to reduce travel costs and greenhouse gas emissions from business travel and employee commutes at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Judy A. McLemore, who works for URS Regulatory and Environmental Services, received the Secretary of Energy’s Appreciation Award. URS Regulatory and Environmental Services is a subcontractor to URS Washington TRU Solutions, WIPP’s management and operating contractor.