The Office of the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer collaborates with stakeholders worldwide to accelerate progress with achieving the goals of President Biden's Federal Sustainability Plan and catalyze greater climate action at home and abroad.
In April 2021, the United States and Canada launched a new global effort—the Greening Government Initiative (GGI)—to engage and support governments around the world in greening national government operations. This first-of-its-kind international community of practice enables countries to share knowledge and lessons learned, promote innovation, and help meet Paris Agreement commitments. More than 40 countries have joined the Initiative. To learn more, visit the Greening Government Initiative webpage.
At the November 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27), the United States announced the launch of the Net-Zero Governments Initiative, joining 18 other governments committed to leading-by-example and achieving net-zero emissions from national government operations by no later 2050. Net-Zero Government Initiative country participants are developing a roadmap by COP28 that outlines their pathway for achieving the net-zero commitment with interim targets, and publishing the roadmap upon completion. The United States will collaborate with these partner countries during the next year and reconvene at COP28 to share roadmaps, discuss approaches and exchange experiences.
To learn more about which countries are participating in this Initiative and how to join, visit the Net Zero Government Initiative webpage.
In September 2022, the United States and the Clean Energy Ministerial's Electric Vehicle Initiative announced the Zero-Emission Government Fleet Declaration at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum (13th Clean Energy Ministerial) in September 2022. Supporting governments committed to 100% zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions of their government owned and operated fleet and announced aspirations towards 100% zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2035. To learn more about which countries have endorsed this Declaration and how to join, visit the Electric Vehicle Initiative webpage.