DoD, GSA and NASA Propose Climate-Related Disclosures for Federal Suppliers

On November 14, 2022, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published a proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule that would require certain federal suppliers to annually disclose their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-related financial risks, as well as set GHG emissions reduction targets, on an annual basis. 87 Fed. Reg. 68,312 (Nov. 14, 2022) (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule entitled the “Federal Supplier Climate Risks and Resilience Rule” implements President Biden’s Executive Order 14030, directing a number of federal agencies to take action to address climate-related risks and the Administration’s push toward net-zero emissions procurement by 2050.

The Proposed Rule would introduce a new FAR subpart 23.XX containing mandatory GHG emissions[1] disclosure and reporting requirements for major federal suppliers, which are divided into “significant” and “major” contractors for purposes of the applicable requirements. “Significant contractors,” defined as federal contractors receiving at least $7.5 million but less than $50 million in federal contract obligations in the prior fiscal year, must conduct a GHG inventory of their annual Scope 1[2] and Scope 2[3] emissions and report the total annual emissions in the System for Award Management (SAM). “Major contractors,” defined as federal contractors receiving more than $50 million in federal contract obligations in the prior fiscal year, are subject to the same requirement with respect to Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and must also conduct and report the results of a GHG inventory of their annual Scope 3[4] emissions.

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