Motivation for GSA’s actions
GSA’s contemplated actions are intended to align with and support President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, E.O. 14008 (EO). The EO states that “it is the policy of [the Biden] Administration to lead the Nation’s effort to combat the climate crisis by example- specifically, by aligning the management of Federal procurement … and financial programs to support robust climate action.”
GSA has already taken internal policy steps toward using its significant buying power to advance the goals set forth by the EO. Specifically, GSA amended its Acquisition Manual (GSAM) in 2021 to require the consideration of content waste reduction as part of requirements planning for GSA acquisitions that require a written acquisition plan. It is GSA policy to consider supporting environmental objectives such as waste reduction, source reduction; increased material, energy, or water efficiency; or maximum practicable recovered material content. The GSAM goes on to provide that this may include considering waste reduction techniques and taking into account reduction in packaging, to include shipping packaging, when buying supplies.