For Immediate Release, December 2, 2021

Contact:

Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351, bsnape@biologicaldiversity.org

Legal Petition Demands Federal Government Use Buying Power for Climate Gains

Government Should Buy 100% Renewable Energy by 2025, Have Zero-Emission Vehicle Fleet by 2035, Filing Urges

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the General Services Administration today to use its unique buying power to advance climate goals by purchasing renewable energy and zero-emission vehicles.

The legal petition calls on the GSA, which manages procurement, facilities and basic operations for federal agencies, to transition all federal buildings to renewable energy by 2025, mandate renewable energy for all federal utility procurement by 2025 and have a zero-emission vehicle fleet by 2035. Interim benchmarks should drive progress toward those targets, the petition says.

Because the federal government is the country’s largest owner of real estate and world’s largest purchaser of goods and services, the GSA has a unique power to move private markets towards renewable energy. It is the single largest energy consumer in the nation, purchasing more than 50 million megawatt-hours of electricity each year.

“The GSA and all of government should be working to address the climate crisis, not spending taxpayer money to inflame it,” said Bill Snape, a senior counsel at the Center. “The agency can be a huge part of the solution by powering the transition away from fossil fuels, but officials have to put pen to paper and do it.”

In April 2021 General Services Administrator Katy Kale stated that she was “proud to affirm GSA's commitment to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.”

Today’s petition would set forth rules to meet that goal, which the agency has failed to take any formal or public steps to achieve.

“Making climate promises without taking action is just hollow rhetoric,” said Snape. “After nearly a year in office, President Biden’s left far too many of his climate promises unmet or broken. The GSA can help get the president’s climate goals back on track by finally putting its purchasing power to work for our planet.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.