It should be self-evident that the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) don’t have the authority to set the nation’s climate policy. Yet, this is precisely what these agencies are trying to do.
The DOD, GSA, and NASA have issued a joint rule that would require large federal contractors to disclose their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, disclose their climate-related financial risks, and require contractors to “set science-based targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions”.
If implemented, contractors would be forced to conduct a detailed carbon accounting of their Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions. Scope 1 emissions result from a company’s operations – the greenhouse gasses (GHG) directly emitted by the company. Roughly speaking, Scope 2 emissions are emitted by the company’s suppliers and partners and Scope 3 emissions are created by the users of a company’s products.