What Is Decarbonization?

Decarbonization strategies help reduce carbon emissions by:

− Optimizing building energy efficiency

− Eliminating on-site emissions from energy use

− Powering facilities and fleets with carbon pollution-free electricity—generated from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides technical assistance, resources, tools, and trainings to help federal agencies identify, procure, and deploy electrification and decarbonization strategies for federal sites, buildings, and fleets.

Recent federal carbon reduction policies prioritize electrification and decarbonization of the federal sector, including: 

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How FEMP Helps

FEMP can help agencies develop a holistic electrification and decarbonization program, including:

  • Prioritizing their sites, fleets, buildings, building types, and regions/climate zones for decarbonization
  • Identifying their greatest emissions sources
  • Learning about innovative technologies and systems that provide high-impact opportunities for decarbonization and electrification
  • Exploring options for procuring decarbonization and electrification solutions.

Related FEMP Programs

Distributed Energy and Energy Procurement
FEMP promotes investment in lasting, cost-effective renewable energy projects that strengthen federal partners' energy resiliency.
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Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings
FEMP provides information for federal agencies about grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs), including identifying, sharing, and demonstrating best practices, as well as providing technical support and developing tools and resources.
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Energy-Efficient Products and Technologies
FEMP provides information about energy-efficient products and energy-saving technologies that can help agencies meet federal laws and requirements.
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Funding Opportunities
FEMP provides direct funding to federal agencies through the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) program.
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Fleet Management
FEMP helps the federal fleet community access the latest information, applications, and resources related to fleet efficiency and electrification.
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Climate Smart Buildings Initiative
The Climate Smart Buildings Initiative leverages public-private partnerships to modernize federal buildings to better meet agencies' missions, create good-paying jobs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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Technology Validation
FEMP supports federal technology validation efforts and helps agencies meet their federal requirements by facilitating deployment of the clean energy technologies of the future.
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Smart Labs Toolkit
Website describes a systematic process that helps operators plan and cost-effectively achieve safe, efficient, and sustainable laboratories.
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