Policy Directives
Policy Directives

Policy Directives

Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade

The goal of EO 13693, which was signed on 19 March 2015, is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, promote building energy conservation, efficiency, and management by reducing agency building energy intensity measured in British thermal units per gross square foot by 2.5 percent annually through the end of fiscal year 2025, relative to the baseline of the agency's building energy use in fiscal year 2015 and taking into account agency progress to date.

Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, improve data center energy efficiency at agency facilities by:

  • ensuring the agency chief information officer promotes data center energy optimization, efficiency, and performance;
  • installing and monitoring advanced energy meters in all data centers by fiscal year 2018; and
  • establishing a power usage effectiveness target of 1.2 to 1.4 for new data centers and less than 1.5 for existing data centers.

Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, ensure that at a minimum, the following percentage of the total amount of building electric energy and thermal energy shall be clean energy, accounted for by renewable electric energy and alternative energy:

  • not less than 10 percent in fiscal years 2016 and 2017;
  • not less than 13 percent in fiscal years 2018 and 2019;
  • not less than 16 percent in fiscal years 2020 and 2021;
  • not less than 20 percent in fiscal years 2022 and 2023; and
  • not less than 25 percent by fiscal year 2025 and each year thereafter.

Federal Agencies shall, where life-cycle cost-effective, beginning in fiscal year 2016, unless otherwise specified, improve agency water use efficiency and management, including stormwater management by:

  • reducing agency potable water consumption intensity measured in gallons per gross square foot by 36 percent by fiscal year 2025 through reductions of 2 percent annually through fiscal year 2025 relative to a baseline of the agency's water consumption in fiscal year 2007
  • installing water meters and collecting and utilizing building and facility water balance data to improve water conservation and management;
  • reducing agency industrial, landscaping, and agricultural (ILA) water consumption measured in gallons by 2 percent annually through fiscal year 2025 relative to a baseline of the agency's ILA water consumption in fiscal year 2010; and
  • installing appropriate green infrastructure features on federally owned property to help with stormwater and wastewater management.

If an agency operates a fleet of at least 20 motor vehicles, they will improve agency fleet and vehicle efficiency and management by taking actions that reduce fleet-wide per-mile greenhouse gas emissions from agency fleet vehicles, relative to a baseline of emissions in fiscal year 2014, to achieve the following percentage reductions:

  • less than 4 percent by the end of fiscal year 2017;
  • not less than 15 percent by the end of fiscal year 2021; and
  • not less than 30 percent by the end of fiscal year 2025.

This EO revokes the following:

  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007;
  • Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009;
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings);
  • Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management); and
  • Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance).

Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012; Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America Through Biobased and Sustainable Procurement

The Presidential Memorandum from February 21, 2012, reinforces the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 by highlighting the requirement for Federal agencies to support innovation and economic growth through the procurement of biobased products.  Section 1 of this memorandum was revoked by EO 13693.  The remaining sections of the memorandum direct Federal agencies as follows:

  • The USDA is directed to increase both the number of categories of biobased products designated and individual products eligible for preferred purchasing by 50 percent within 1 year of the date of this memorandum; and establish a web-based process whereby biobased product manufacturers can request USDA to establish a new product category for designation.
  • Senior Sustainability Officers and Chief Acquisition Officers of all agencies are directed to randomly sample procurement actions (such as solicitations and awards) to verify that biobased considerations are included as appropriate.
  • Secretary of Agriculture is directed to work with relevant officials in agencies that have electronic product procurement catalogs to identify and implement solutions to increase the visibility of biobased and other sustainable products;
  • The Senior Sustainability Officers of all agencies that have established agency-specific product specifications, in coordination with any other appropriate officials, are directed to review and revise all specifications under their control to assure that, wherever possible and appropriate, such specifications require the use of sustainable products, including USDA-designated biobased products, and that any language prohibiting the use of biobased products is removed.
  • The Secretary of Agriculture is directed to amend USDA's automated contract writing system, the Integrated Acquisition System, to serve as a model for biobased product procurement throughout the Federal Government by adding elements related to acquisition planning, evaluation factors for source selection, and specifications and requirements.
  • The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, is directed to use relevant programs of the Department, such as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, to improve the performance and competitiveness of biobased product manufacturers.
  • The Secretary of Agriculture is directed to work cooperatively with Procurement Technical Assistance Center programs located across the Nation to provide training and assistance to biobased product companies to make these companies aware of the BioPreferred program and opportunities to sell biobased products to Federal, State, and local government agencies.
  • The Secretary of Agriculture is to develop training for small businesses on the BioPreferred program and the opportunities it presents.
  • The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council is directed to propose an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require reporting of biobased product purchases, to be made public on an annual basis.
  • The Secretary of Agriculture is directed to prepare a report on job creation and the economic impact associated with the biobased product industry .
  • The Secretary of Agriculture is directed to update all existing USDA BioPreferred and related sustainable acquisition training materials within 1 year of the date of this memorandum.
  • The Senior Sustainability Officers and Chief Acquisition Officers of agencies are directed to work cooperatively with the Secretary of Agriculture to immediately implement such BioPreferred program agency education and outreach programs as are necessary to meet the requirements of this memorandum.
  • The Secretary of Agriculture to work actively with the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled to promote education and outreach to program, technical, and contracting personnel, and to purchase card holders on BioPreferred AbilityOne products.