"Along with advances in equipment, the Army is seeking new methods to use and secure our scarce energy resources. Clearly, future operations will depend on our ability to reduce dependency, increase efficiency, and use more renewable or alternative sources of energy. We’ve made great strides in this area, and we intend to do more.
- Secretary of the Army John McHugh
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U.S. Army Energy Security and Sustainability
What is it?
"Energy security" and "Sustainability" are complementary principles that enable the Army to operate effectively and for extended periods in the face of diverse and changing conditions. Critical to nearly every military advantage, from tactical mobility to global communications, the Army must assure energy capabilities through informed behaviors; resilient infrastructure; reliable, efficient and flexible systems; and diversified sources of supply.
What has the Army done?
(1) The Army has adopted four tenets of sustainability:
• Developing, producing, fielding and sustaining materiel that is more energy efficient, is capable of using renewable energy resources, minimizes the use of hazardous materials and generates less waste.
• Ensuring the Army has sufficient access to training and testing resources and incorporating sustainability into operational planning and execution, so the Army can continue to effectively train today and in perpetuity.
• Expanding the Army’s commitment to sustainability by instilling sustainable practices into all levels of Soldier and civilian equipping and education programs.
• Providing services and operating facilities in a manner that reduces consumption of energy, water and other resources, promotes the use of renewable energy sources, enhances quality of life and continues to protect the environment
(2) Integrated Sustainability metrics into Army Campaign Plan
(3) Launched the Net Zero initiative
(4) Developed Contingency basing policy that includes principles of sustainability
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is embarking on a long-term program to change the way it uses and understands energy. It is committed to organizational and cultural changes that will ensure the future security of its energy needs. Involvement of all echelons is required for success. This commitment to total institutional change is captured in the Army’s Net Zero Initiative. Net Zero is a strategy that is based upon holistic, integrated design practices to reduce overall levels of consumption, improve efficiency, recycle materials, repurpose waste streams and generate on-site power, principally through renewable energy sources.
Why is this important to the Army?
Energy costs are rising both at home and in contingency operations. Access to water can no longer be assured and valuable training land risks conversion to landfill. The Army of today must takes steps now to ensure that the Army of the future has access to the energy, water and land that it needs to perform its mission at a cost it can afford. We need to understand how energy and sustainability relates to our everyday activities, developing the habits and decision-making capabilities that will in turn gain advantage for the Army.
Document: U.S. Army Energy Security and Sustainability: Vital to National Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment)
Army Energy Net Zero website
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