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Big government sets net-zero energy goals

A task force created by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) believes that 50 percent of the federal government’s buildings can achieve net-zero energy status by 2030, producing as much energy through renewables as they annually consume.

The GSA Green Building Advisory Committee task force issued a recommendation that the federal government adopt a policy to achieve net-zero energy status in buildings by 2030.  The GSA is the largest landlord in the country, with more than 2 percent of the nation’s commercial real estate.  Implementing the suggestions at the GSA could save 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and generate more than 500 MWh of renewable energy.

If the recommendations were applied to the entire federal government, the impact would be more than 10 times that predicted for the GSA alone.

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