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White House Plans EO for Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions

green earthThe administration is working with federal agencies and private-sector suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a new executive order from President Barack Obama that seeks to further efforts to address climate change.

The Office of the Press Secretary announced Thursday that Obama will mandate a 40 percent decrease in the government’s greenhouse gas emission by 2025 and a 30 percent increase in electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Obama will also issue a new scorecard that tracks the progress of federal suppliers in reducing emissions, the announcement stated.

The new commitments build on the results of the 2009 Executive Order on Federal Leadership on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance as the government hopes to drive sustainability and efficiency of operations and energy security.

The White House has also hosted a roundtable event with representatives from the following companies to discuss greenhouse gas reduction goals and secure a combined commitment of 5 million metric tons reduced by 2020:

  • ADS
  • Battelle
  • CH2M Hill
  • Computer Sciences Corp.
  • General Electric
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Honeywell International
  • Humana
  • IBM
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Science Applications International Corp.
  • SRA International
  • United Technologies Corp.

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