Transportation Energy Conservation in the Federal Government
EMD-79-3: Published: Jan 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 1979.
- Full Report:
Efforts under the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to develop and promote a transportation energy conservation program as envisioned and authorized have not been developed and implemented. The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for energy conservation in the federal government, the largest single user of energy in the nation.
DOE has not provided guidance to federal agencies in developing plans to conserve and goals to reduce consumption of transportation energy. DOE ineffectiveness in managing a transportation energy conservation program is due to the lack of organizational emphasis. The primary effort relating to the transportation area has been to collect and compile energy consumption data reported by federal agencies. While agencies individually have implemented conservation programs, energy use reductions are more directly related to mission changes, reduced levels of operation, and rising costs of energy.
Recommendation for Executive Action
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Recommendation: DOE, through the FEMP, should take a more active leadership role in the transportation area by: (1) issuing guidance; (2) requiring agency plans and goals; (3) investigating and promoting known transportation energy conservation opportunities; (4) providing technical assistance; and (5) developing a better means of monitoring and evaluating agency conservation activities.