The Biden Administration Finalized Standards Set To Eliminate Emissions From New Federal Buildings By 2030

Apr. 29 2024

The Biden Administration Finalized Standards Set To Eliminate Emissions From New Federal Buildings By 2030

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The Biden administration has finalized standards for federal buildings that will eliminate onsite fossil fuel usage for new projects by the end of the decade, the Energy Department confirmed Wednesday.

The Energy Department said the rule will require 90 percent cuts to emissions from new construction between fiscal 2025 and 2029, with onsite emissions eliminated from all new projects and major renovations beginning in 2030.

The administration projects that the cuts will save $8 million in taxpayer funds from equipment and infrastructure expenses, and they will eliminate 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions and 16,000 tons of methane emissions over the next three decades. The rule defines "major" renovations as those costing $3.8 million or more, the official said, meaning "smaller projects" will be excluded.

The Biden administration also introduced a federal standard in 2022 that required at least 30% of federal buildings to cut direct greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030. As part of these efforts, the administration announced the installation of rooftop solar panels on the Pentagon in January as part of the first round of $250 million in awards to improve federal buildings' energy efficiency.

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