Climate Change & Clean Energy: Plans & Progress

NCDOR Clean Energy Initiatives

We are joining other North Carolina State agencies in reducing our environmental impact. 

The NCDOR recognizes the importance of standing with other agencies in North Carolina to make a conscious effort to reduce our environmental impact.

 

About

The Executive Order

The Executive Order

In Executive Order 80: North Carolina's Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy, Governor Roy Cooper laid out a series of goals for the state to strive to accomplish by 2025: 

  • Reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels
  • Increase the number of registered, zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) to at least 80,000
  • Reduce energy consumption per square foot in state-owned buildings by at least 40% from fiscal year 2002-2003 levels

EO80 creates the Climate Change Interagency Council to help the cabinet agencies work together to achieve those goals. 

There are specific directives for the Departments of Environmental Quality, Transportation, Administration and Commerce and general directives that apply to all the participating cabinet agencies. You can find updated information on each agency's plans and ways you can get involved by visiting the Department of Environmental Quality Website

What We're Doing To Help

What We're Doing To Help

Plans and Next Steps

About

The NCDOR recognizes that global climate change poses a threat, especially for coastal regions that are vulnerable to extreme weather events such as hurricanes. We are standing with other state agencies in North Carolina to reduce our environmental impact.

Our Plan

In an effort to reduce our environmental impact, the NCDOR is committed to making efforts in the following areas:

  1. Reduce paper processing by promoting electronic filing
  2. Reduce internal environmental impacts by improving energy efficiency in our leased facilities and Raleigh headquarters building
  3. Procure energy efficient equipment and evaluate working relationships with current and future vendors to see if there are there are opportunities to reduce our environmental impact
  4. Analyze use of long-term lease and motor fleet vehicles to see if there are opportunities to improve energy efficiency
  5. Focus on employee-centric programs that increase environmental awareness and provide opportunities for telecommuting

Proposed Next Steps 

Electronic Filing

  • Electronic filing reduces paper waste and paper processing, which, in turn, reduces impacts on the environment. Our goals include reducing paper usage and reducing the running time of our scanners that process paper filings. By enhancing our e-Services applications and increasing our promotional efforts, we can cut down on paper processing significantly.
  • Ensure recycling of paper waste in a manner that supports green objectives

Reduce Internal Environmental Impacts

  • Leased Facilities
    • Work with the State Property Office to add energy efficient features as preferences when advertising for leased space
    • Consider requiring ZEV charging stations for new construction
    • Evaluate energy efficient features of current leased spaces
    • Discuss plans for energy efficient improvements with leased offices' property owners
    • Continue use or install motion-activated lighting in individual offices
  • Main Revenue Building
    • Continue using automatic lighting timers
    • Work with the state Department of Administration to identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption
    • Make HVAC system improvements to increase efficiency

Procurement

  • Evaluate adding language to solicitations for energy efficient features and vendors supporting energy efficiency
  • Purchase more energy efficient equipment as part of the agency replacement plan
    • Power Distribution Units (PDUs)
    • Cooling Units
    • Servers (produces less heat)
    • LED lighting

Vehicles

  • Analyze use of long term lease and motor fleet vehicles
      • Identify opportunities to lease hybrid vehicles
      • Identify opportunities to use ZEVs offered by motor fleet

Employee Centric Programs

  • Expand teleworking opportunities
  • Create marketing and awareness campaigns to encourage recycling and other energy conservation best practices
  • Promote EO-80 by posting information on energy conservation in service centers