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Obama to ask contractors for information on greenhouse gas disclosures

Obama to ask contractors for information on greenhouse gas disclosures
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The Obama administration is preparing to ask federal contracts to disclose more information about how they track their greenhouse gas emissions. 

The White House’s Federal Acquisition Regulation Council proposed a new rule Wednesday that would ask federal government contractors to report on a host of greenhouse gas considerations. 

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Contractors would be required to say whether — and where — they publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, if they have emissions reduction goals or targets and how climate change might pose a threat to their operations. 

Officials filed the rule in the Federal Register on Wednesday, setting up a public comment period and finalization later this year. 

The rule means “we’ll be able to better assess supplier greenhouse gas management practices, manage direct and indirect greenhouse gas emission, address climate risk in the federal government’s supply chain and engage with contractors to reduce supply chain emissions,” three Obama officials, including Anne Rung, the Chief Acquisition Officer, wrote in an administration blog post

The officials noted some federal agencies have already asked their contractors for climate-related information. 

The Navy Department, for example, asked its 100 latest suppliers last month to disclose their emissions and plans for cutting them. Two years ago, the General Services Administration based contract decisions for domestic delivery services, in part, on emissions metrics.

The proposed rule doesn’t ask contractors to report their emissions, but rather whether companies are tracking and disclosing them on their own.