The U.S. army is planning to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in 2015, initiatives include using biofuel for Air Force planes to solar panels at air bases, Reuters reports (via the Wall Street Journal)..
Apart from fighting off insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. army is also planning to fight off its dependence on fuel by reducing the number of convoys carrying fuel for the mobile U.S. forces.
According to the Pentagon’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for environment, safety, and occupational health Tad Davis,”If we can reduce consumption on our forward operating bases by using renewable energy, let’s say wind or solar instead of a diesel generator outside the tent … then we can reduce the number of these supply convoys that need to come forward that are getting hit by these IEDs.”
Eighty-five percent of the fuel hauled up to the mobile forces are used for air-conditioning, for the soldiers and also to keep communication equipment cool. Spraying foam insulation on Army tents alone reduces 45 percent of energy loss.
Earlier this year, the Army implemented its first real-time GHG reporting and management system at Fort Carson, Colorado as part of its plan to reduce GHG emissions.