The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sustainability Performance Office (SPO) oversees departmental compliance with federal sustainability laws and requirements and reports on DOE’s progress. View sustainability requirements by sustainability goals in the Federal Energy Management Program’s Federal Laws and Requirements Search tool. Sustainability related information for reporting agency level progress is collected in the DOE Sustainability Dashboard.
Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan
Each year, DOE prepares a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP). The SSPP provides a uniform framework for agencies to assess progress to date and plan for attainment toward federally mandated sustainability goals and requirements. The annual plan is submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and released publicly.
The fiscal year (FY) 2016 SSPP, released September 8, 2016, marks the seventh issuance of the annual plan. The latest plan highlights DOE’s performance against key sustainability goals, including reductions to emissions, energy and water intensity, and fleet petroleum. While this progress is notable, the plan serves to ensure DOE maintains these gains while making strides to improve sustainability performance in all SSPP goal areas.
DOE is regularly evaluated on its progress toward meeting sustainability goals and reports progress on sustainability metrics and the SSPP to OMB. In this seventh-annual public posting of federal agency scorecards, the FY 2016 scorecard serves as a benchmark to see where DOE has been successful in achieving its sustainability goals, reducing emissions, reducing operating costs, and identifying opportunities for improvement.
The federal government must lead by example, thus agencies set and strive to meet aggressive targets for saving energy and water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing waste. Based on benchmarks in the scorecard, DOE will update its annual SSPP to continue building on accomplishments and find additional ways to meet and exceed its clean energy goals.