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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management

The Greenhouse Effect
The Greenhouse Effect is the process by which greenhouse gasses, such as CO2, trap heat in the atmosphere. To learn more about the greenhouse effect, click here.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management

Mission, Goals, and Objectives

NASA is building a Greenhouse Gas Management (GHG) community of practice across NASA Centers, working with environmental, energy, procurement and logistics staff to better understand the sources and options to manage GHG emissions effectively. NASA, building on its proactive efforts to characterize Agency GHG emissions since 2007, has taken a leadership role among the Federal agencies by sharing tools and methodologies to accurately estimate GHG emissions and quantify options to target emissions for reduction. NASA builds on this internal capability to work with the Centers to strengthen the quality of data reporting, collaborate with the unique earth sciences expertise in NASA to better understand and address climate change impacts, and work with inter-agency partners to identify solutions and opportunities to best address NASA's GHG emissions. The bulk of NASA's greenhouse gas emissions are tied to energy use, especially the purchase of electricity, steam and fuels to operate the Centers and heat and cool buildings. Under the Executive Order 13514, NASA voluntarily established goal of reducing the Agency's greenhouse gas emissions 18% from the FY 2008 baseline by FY2020. Ongoing efforts to reduce GHG emissions of NASA's activities will rely on maintenance of existing data bases to collect Center-specific data on energy and related activities; implementation of more efficient energy infrastructure across NASA; use of innovative approaches and renewable energy; and identification of new strategies to minimize GHG emissions across operations.

How Greenhouse Gas Management Supports NASA's Mission

NASA understands the direct link between energy use and GHG emissions and that the Agency's efforts to cut energy use through increased efficiency and use of renewable energy also reduces GHG emissions. Reductions in energy use and related GHG emissions represent significant contributions to lowering environmental impacts, as well as leveraging investments and available resources.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulatory Drivers

NASA Policy Directives (NPDs) and NASA Procedural Requirements (NPRs)

  • NPD 8500.1B  NASA Environmental Management
  • NPR 8570.1  NASA Environmental Management System
  • NPR 8580.1  Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Order 12114

Federal Laws

Executive Orders (EOs)

  • EO 13423  Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management
  • EO 13432  Cooperation Among Agencies in Protecting the Environment With Respect to Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Motor Vehicles, Nonroad Vehicles, and Nonroad Engines
  • EO 13514  Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

Greenhouse Gas Management Point of Contact

Linda S. Wennerberg - Headquarters Greenhouse Gas Management Community Founder

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Page Last Updated: January 14th, 2014
Page Editor: NASA Administrator