The Resource Federal energy management : addressing challenges through better plans and clarifying the greenhouse gas measure will help meet long-term goals for buildings : report to Congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office

Federal energy management : addressing challenges through better plans and clarifying the greenhouse gas measure will help meet long-term goals for buildings : report to Congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office

Label
Federal energy management : addressing challenges through better plans and clarifying the greenhouse gas measure will help meet long-term goals for buildings : report to Congressional requesters
Title
Federal energy management
Title remainder
addressing challenges through better plans and clarifying the greenhouse gas measure will help meet long-term goals for buildings : report to Congressional requesters
Statement of responsibility
United States Government Accountability Office
Title variation
Addressing challenges through better plans and clarifying the greenhouse gas measure will help meet long-term goals for buildings
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Based on draft DOE data, most of the 22 agencies reporting to DOE for fiscal year 2007 met energy goals for energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and renewable energy. Specifically, all but one agency met the energy efficiency goal. Three of these agencies would not have met the goal through reductions in energy intensity--the amount of energy consumed per gross square foot--alone; they also used credits for the purchase of renewable energy or source energy to help meet the goal. Because the greenhouse gas emission goal is tied to the energy efficiency goal, the same number of agencies met the greenhouse gas emission goal, while 17 of the 22 agencies met the renewable energy goal. Determining the extent to which agencies have made progress over time toward the goals is problematic due to key changes in the goals--as specified in statute and executive order--and how progress is measured. For example, the energy efficiency goal changed the types of buildings included and the baseline year against which progress was measured. The greenhouse gas emissions goal also changed, from a measure of greenhouse gas emissions to a measure of energy intensity; this change makes it problematic to compare performance before and after the change. Moreover, GAO found that a goal based on energy intensity is not a good proxy for emissions because a reduction in energy intensity does not always result in lower greenhouse gas emissions. Although there is no consensus on a best measure at present, alternative measures are in use that may better track agencies' greenhouse gas emissions than the current measure based on energy intensity. Agencies' prospects for meeting energy goals into the future depend on overcoming four key challenges. First, the six agencies GAO reviewed--the departments of Defense (DOD), Energy (DOE), and Veterans Affairs (VA); the General Services Administration (GSA); the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)--had long-term plans for achieving energy goals that lacked key elements, such as plans that outline agencies' strategies that are linked to goals and provide a framework for aligning activities, processes, and resources to attain the goals of the plan. Second, investment in energy projects competes with other budget priorities, causing agency officials to increasingly rely on alternative financing mechanisms--contracts with private companies that pay for energy improvements. However, as past GAO work has shown, agencies entering into these contracts could not always verify whether money saved from using less energy was greater than projected costs and may yield lower savings than if timely, full, and upfront appropriations had been used. Third, agencies face challenges in obtaining reliable energy consumption data but are taking steps to collect more reliable data. Finally, facilities may lack staff dedicated to energy management and may find it difficult to retain staff with sufficient energy expertise; however, agency officials are participating in training and implementing initiatives for energy management personnel
Cataloging source
EJB
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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United States
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  • Administrative agencies
  • Carbon dioxide mitigation
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation
  • Energy policy
Label
Federal energy management : addressing challenges through better plans and clarifying the greenhouse gas measure will help meet long-term goals for buildings : report to Congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Oct. 2, 2008)
  • "September 2008."
  • Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
  • "GAO-08-977."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
iii, 46 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 10/2/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08977.pdf ; current access available via PURL
Label
Federal energy management : addressing challenges through better plans and clarifying the greenhouse gas measure will help meet long-term goals for buildings : report to Congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Oct. 2, 2008)
  • "September 2008."
  • Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
  • "GAO-08-977."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
iii, 46 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 10/2/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08977.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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