U.S. Department of Justice
Figure 1. Summary of FY 2007 Acquisitions and Planned FY 2008 and FY 2009 AFV Acquisitions
Additional vehicles were leased and purchased by DOJ that were not “covered” vehicles. Of the total of 4,518 LDVs acquired in FY 2007, the following were not counted for compliance:
Special Projects of the DOJ Fleet Related to AFV and Infrastructure Acquisitions
The Department is continuing with plans for infrastructure upgrades including
the installation of Biodiesel refueling sites at Bureau of Prison (BOP)
facilities where feasible.
The Department has a shuttle bus service contract with Reston Limousine that provides transportation service to our buildings in the District of Columbia. The contract stipulates the use of biodiesel in these buses when it is available. Biodiesel has recently become available at the Navy Exchange refueling facility near the Pentagon. As a result, these contracted shuttle buses will begin using biodiesel fuel at an expected amount of approximately 400 gallons per week. Even though these buses are not part of the Department’s fleet inventory, and therefore not considered as part of EPAct or EO 13423, we are committed to the prospect and opportunity of reducing dependence on petroleum fuel, even where it is not required to do so.
Alternative Fuel Use by the DOJ Fleet in FY 2007
Table 1 presents total fuel use data for DOJ’s fleet in FY 2007. A small percentage of the Department’s vehicles are leased, and the lease contracts include the maintenance and fuel costs for the vehicles. This is accomplished by the use of a General Services Administration (GSA) credit card that the fleets use to purchase fuel. However, since product code standards are not uniform among suppliers of alternative fuels (e.g., ethanol or E85), it is not always possible to accurately track the purchase of alternative fuels with this credit card. This problem continues to persist and is well-known by government agencies requiring this information. The exception is natural gas, which is usually purchased at local utility refueling sites, allowing the fleet to contact the utility for an accurate accounting of purchased fuel.
Table 1. DOJ Fuel Use in FY 2007
|CNG (cubic feet)||
|Hundred cu. ft.|
|B 100 (Biodiesel)||
* Estimate based on incomplete data
DOJ Fleet AFV Acquisitions for FY 2008 and FY 2009
Attachments B and C provide detailed information on projected vehicle
acquisitions and inventory for the DOJ fleet for FY 2008 and FY 2009. In
FY 2008, DOJ is planning to acquire
a cumulative total of 192 LDVs with the total number of AFV acquisition credits totaling 458, exceeding the EPAct requirement of 86 AFVs. In FY 2009, DOJ is planning to acquire a cumulative total of 186 LDVs with the total number of AFV acquisition credits totaling 592, exceeding the EPAct requirement of 108 AFVs.
For FY 2007, the reported covered petroleum consumption is 678,971 Gasoline Gallon Equivalents (GGE). This represents a reported decrease of 204,234 GGE compared to the baseline of 883, 205 (a 17.7 percent decrease in fuel use).
As detailed in this report and the attached appendices, DOJ exceeded the AFV acquisition requirements of the EPAct in FY 2007 and projects to repeat this accomplishment in FY 2008 and FY 2009. The DOJ will continue its efforts to comply with the requirements of the EPAct, ECRA, and EO 13423. By full compliance with the requirement to acquire 75 percent AFVs and a commitment to acquire vehicles with increased fuel efficiency, the Department’s goal is to continue to reduce fleet’s annual petroleum consumption.
However, there are still many obstacles with regard to complying with these goals. The automotive manufacturers are increasingly producing more AFVs, predominately E85 capable vehicles. Until the E85 fuel is more prevalent and readily available, acquiring an E85 AFV does not guarantee the reduction of petroleum fuel. There are still less than two thousand E85 fueling sites in the United States, with the majority of these in the Midwest, that accept a government or commercial credit card. The Department has made progress here in the Metropolitan DC area since there are now three fueling sites in the immediate area where E85 is available. This has been a help, but until the number of fueling sites is substantially increased throughout the United States, the goal of using alternative fueling in AFV s is extremely difficult, and in some cases impossible. Despite these obstacles, the Department will continue its efforts to support and promote the use of alternative fuel.
A - Actual Department of Justice FY 2007 Vehicle Acquisitions
Attachment B - Planned Department of Justice FY 2008 Vehicle Acquisitions
Attachment C - Projected Department of Justice FY 2009 Vehicle Acquisitions