Sustainability Plans and Performance

Since its inception, the people of the Tennessee Valley Authority have established a proud record of environmental, energy and economic development leadership. Sustainability resides at the heart of TVA’s purpose.

TVA’s Environmental Policy is to provide cleaner, reliable and affordable energy to support sustainable economic growth in the region while engaging in proactive environmental stewardship. TVA’s pursuits in these areas benefit the well-being of the 9 million people we serve, employees, customers and Valley natural resources.

TVA maintains a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (Sustainability Plan) and Sustainability Program designed to integrate the goals of Executive Order 13514, ‘Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance’ into everyday operations in all business units. TVA’s Sustainability Plan addresses key aspects of TVA’s energy, environmental, economic and social resources and responsibilities. TVA established specific goals and periodically measures and reports its progress toward meeting these goals which are an integral part of TVA’s business practices and are tracked along with other business objectives. These goals include greenhouse gas emissions, energy, water and waste reduction targets and actions prioritized based on positive return on investment. Each January the Office of Management and Budget issues a scorecard of agencies’ performance towards these goals

TVA also participates in federal agency working groups focused on these issues in order to learn about how other agencies are meeting goals, share the latest technologies and methodologies toward meeting goals and to engage in development of guidance for Executive Orders and legislation. Additionally, and in line with sustainability objectives, TVA maintains a Fleet Management Plan, Biobased Strategy and a Climate Change Adaptation Statement and Plan.

January 2016 Scorecard Performance


Scope 1&2 GHG Emission Reduction Target

For Scope 1&2 GHG Reduction Target of 17% by 2020: 17% reduction in 2015 and on track

Scope 3 GHG Emission Reduction Target

For Scope 3 GHG Reduction Target of 20.7% by 2020: 20% in 2015 and on track


Reduction in Energy Intensity

Reduction in energy intensity in goal-subject facilities compared with 2003: 32% and on track


Use of Renewable Energy

Use of renewable energy as a percent of facility electricity use: Total of 12.3% from renewable electricity sources including at least 3.75% from new sources (thermal, mechanical, or electric)


Reduction in Potable Water Intensity

Reduction in potable water intensity compared with 2007: 26% and on track for 26% in 2020


Reduction in Fleet Petroleum Use

Reduction in fleet petroleum use compared to 2005: 8% and not on track


Green Buildings

Sustainable green buildings: 8.6% of buildings sustainable


Annual Sustainability Plans

Sustainability/Energy Scorecards

Climate Statements & Plans

Additional Plans & Information