U.S. Navy Wants Vendors to Report on CO2

(August 20, 2015) Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signs a solar panel during a ceremony commemorating an agreement with Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power to construct a 210 megawatt direct current solar facility. The agreement

By MarEx 2016-04-13 19:04:18

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced that the U.S. Navy expects its major vendors to report on greenhouse gas emissions and work to lower them. Associated Press reports that Mabus made the announcement at a conference in the U.S. on Tuesday.

The U.S. Military is the world’s single largest user of fossil fuels, and the Navy is responsible for about one-third of the Pentagon's use of fossil fuel, said Mabus who has set ambitious goals for moving to renewable energy within the Navy. 

In January, Mabus kicked off the U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet with the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group. The Group deploys on alternative fuels, including nuclear power for the carrier and a blend of advanced biofuel made from beef fat and traditional petroleum for its escort ships. 

Throughout 2016, other Navy platforms including ships, aircraft, amphibious and expeditionary forces, as well as shore installations, will participate in the Great Green Fleet program by using energy efficient systems, operational procedures, and alternative fuel during the course of planned mission functions worldwide.

Ashore, energy bills are the single largest cost for Navy installations, reflecting about 28 percent of Navy’s shore budget. These installations now have in procurement 1.1 gigawatts of renewable energy – or about one-half of overall Navy power requirements as of January 2016.