USAID 2012 Agency Sustainability Plan

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Executive Summary

Executive Order 13514 requires federal agencies to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) currently occupies seven buildings in the Washington DC and over 80 countries worldwide. All the Washington based offices are operated by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the vast majority of USAID operated facilities are collocated with the U.S. Department of State.

As GSA is responsible for reporting to the Council on Environmental Quality for their facilities, USAID only reports on GHG from Scope 3 emissions that includes business air travel, ground travel, employee commuting, and waste water treatment. EO 13514 is voluntary for facilities and activities that occur outside the United States. USAID is committed to applying sustainability principles to our overseas activities. The Department of State operates the vast majority of facilities overseas with USAID being collocated at those posts. USAID only owns a total of 13 facilities worldwide. USAID’s greatest contribution to a reduction of GHG emissions will derive from decreased international air travel, alternative working arrangements, and USAID low impact development and carbon sequestration program activities.

USAID established an initial goal of a 7% reduction in GHG emissions from air business travel by 2013 in the original Agency Sustainability Plan submitted in June of 2010. In FY2010, air travel emissions generated by USAID direct hires were 28% less than in FY 2008. In FY 2011, emissions from air travel were 10% less than in baseline year 2008. Total carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions for 2011 were 7670 metric tons. Total reduction in CO2e emissions in FY2011 from 2008 is 854 metric tons. The 854 metric ton reduction is equivalent to the annual emissions of 167 passenger vehicles, annual energy use of 74 houses, or the carbon sequestration benefits of an additional 8.5 acres of forest land.

To maintain GHG emissions reductions, USAID will continue consolidating travel, utilize video conferencing technology (VCT), limiting the number of employees traveling to the same event, and prioritizing travel.

Last updated: March 01, 2013