WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden’s administration today proposed a plan to require federal suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the United States’ Paris climate commitments. The rule would also require most suppliers to disclose the emissions from their operations and require the largest suppliers to disclose some emissions data from their customers and suppliers.
The proposed rule, which was issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FARC), would make the U.S. the first country to require its major suppliers to align their business with science-based emissions targets.
David Arkush, managing director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program, issued the following statement:
“We applaud this proposal, which would leverage the U.S. government’s enormous power as the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services to cut carbon pollution and grow markets for clean technology. Ultimately, it will reduce the government’s own climate-related risk and expenses, as cutting carbon pollution is the best way to protect the resilience of critical government functions and supply chains. A strong final proposal will not only contribute meaningfully to mitigating the climate crisis, but show tangible international leadership on climate.”