EO 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management
EO 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management

EO 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management


  • The President signed the Executive Order (EO) on January 24, 2007.
  • Implementing instructions were issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on March 30, 2007.
  • EO 13423 was codified into law with H.R. 1105 Omnibus Appropriations Act (September 30, 2009)

Purpose of the EO

  • Directed Federal agencies to “lead by example in advancing our nation’s energy security and environmental performance.”
  • Consolidated three areas (environment, energy, transportation) into one EO
    • Consolidated and strengthened five previous Executive Orders and two memorandums of understanding, and established new and updated goals, practices, and reporting requirements for environmental, energy, and transportation performance and accountability. 

DoD Implementation

  • The EO WG developed and implemented the Toxic Chemical and Hazardous Reduction Plan, Electronics Stewardship Plan, Green Procurement Strategy, and Sustainable Installations Policy.
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) conducted a gap analysis of existing DoD Policy that met the requirements of the EO, as well as identified any discrepancies.
  • Developed an internal EO Scorecard to measure implementation progress.
  • Continued to improve processes and procedures to implement the requirements of EO 13423 and the Energy Independence and Security Act, as well as a long-term, integrated sustainability strategy.
  • Applied an "Enterprise Management Structure" across functional disciplines following the ISO 14001 management model of Plan, Do, Check, Act.

EO 13423 Federal Guidance

EO 13423 - Strengthening Federal Environmental Energy and Transportation Management pdf [112 KB]

Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 17, Friday, January 26, 2007

EO 13423 was signed by President Bush on January 24, 2007. EO 13423 instructed Federal agencies to conduct their environmental, transportation, and energy-related activities under the law in support of their respective missions in an environmentally, economically and fiscally sound, integrated, continuously improving, efficient, and sustainable manner. The EO set goals in the areas of energy efficiency, acquisition, renewable energy, toxics reductions, recycling, sustainable buildings, electronics stewardship, fleets, and water conservation.

EO 13423 Cover Memo Instructions pdf [547 KB]

March 28, 2007

This cover memo from the Council on Environmental Quality issued the first set of Implementation Instructions and Requirements for EO 13423 to provide additional detail and direction to agencies as they worked to fulfill the goals of the EO.

Final Instructions for Implementing EO 13423 pdf [153 KB]

March 29, 2007

The purpose of this document was to define agency requirements for implementing EO 13423 and to define broad strategies for achieving them. This document has been revoked and superseded by the EO 13693 Implementing Instructions.

EO 13423 DoD Policy Memoranda

DSD Memorandum for Senior Officials pdf [63 KB]

February 16, 2007

Deputy Secretary of Defense memorandum tasked the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) to develop and promulgate necessary guidance and policies to support EO implementation. 

DUSD (I and E) Designation Policy Memo pdf [293 KB]

May 15, 2007

USD(AT&L) memo designated the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) (DUSD(I&E)) as the Department’s Senior Agency Official responsible for implementing and meeting the goals of EO 13423. The memorandum also required each Agency to designate a senior civilian officer who is responsible for implementation of the EO. 

Implementing EO 13423 Policy Memo pdf [87 KB]

December 21, 2007

This USD(AT&L) memorandum directed the Military Departments and other DoD Components to implement the requirements of EO 13423.

Implementing EO 13423 Memo 23 Jul 2007 pdf [393 KB]

July 23, 2007  

DUSD(I&E) memo established the EO 13423 Executive Committee, which was charged with developing guidance, directives, and instructions necessary to execute EO 13423.

Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals Reduction

DoD Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals Reduction Plan pdf [385 KB]

February 1, 2008

As required by EO 13423, this Plan provided for the life-cycle management of chemicals structured around the DoD’s existing environmental management system framework. The Plan depicted DoD programs, initiatives, and actions necessary to reduce procurement, use, release, and disposal of toxics and hazardous chemicals. The Plan provided for the lifecycle management of chemicals focusing on three key phases for weapon systems and facilities: acquisition, operations and sustainment, and disposal.

Implementing EO 13423 Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals Reduction Plan pdf [1.67 MB]

February 13, 2008  

This DUSD(I&E) memo described the next steps to implementing the Department’s Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals Reduction Plan, including conducting a gap analysis and centralizing chemical management policy oversight.

Reducing Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals under EO 13423 pdf [385 KB]

December 3, 2008  

This DUSD(I&E) memo directed each of the Services to identify at least three target chemicals for reduction, potential elimination, or replacement; establish baselines; and estimate required resources.

Electronics Stewardship

DoD Electronics Stewardship Implementation Plan pdf [1.59 MB]

February 27, 2008

This Implementation Plan outlines steps DoD intends to take to comply with EO 13423 electronics stewardship requirements. The Plan sets goals across the acquisition, operations and maintenance, and end-of-life management phases of the electronics life-cycle.