Executive Order 14057, Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability

Last updated: 11 December 2023

The Executive Order aims to increase transparency in public procurement with implications for clean energy supply chains and critical minerals supply chains.
Section 208: Sustainable Acquisition and Procurement
Agencies are directed to reduce emissions, promote environmental stewardship, support resilient supply chains, drive innovation, and incentivise markets for sustainable products and services by:

  • Prioritisation of reused, refurbished, or recycled products; 
  • Maximisation of environmental benefits and cost savings through use of full lifecycle cost methodologies; 
  • Purchasing of products that contain recycled content, are biobased, or are energy and water efficient, in accordance with relevant statutory requirements; 
  • Purchasing sustainable products and services identified or recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Section 302: Supplier Emissions Tracking
The Administrator of GSA shall track disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reduction targets, climate risk, and other sustainability-related actions by major Federal suppliers, based on information and data collected through supplier disclosure.
Section 303: Buy Clean
The Buy Clean Task Force established pursuant to section 508 of this order shall provide recommendations on policies and procedures to expand consideration of embodied emissions and pollutants of construction materials in Federal procurement and federally funded projects, to include:

  1. Identification and prioritisation of pollutants and materials to be covered under a Buy Clean policy;
  2. Provision of recommendations to increase transparency of embodied emissions, including supplier reporting; procedures for auditing environmental product declarations and verifying accuracy of reported emissions data; and recommendations for grants, loans, technical assistance, or alternative mechanisms to support domestic manufacturers in enhancing capabilities to report and reduce embodied emissions in priority materials they produce; and
  3. Recommendations for pilot programs that incentivise Federal procurement of construction materials with lower embodied emissions.

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