After the new Executive Order last week requiring every Federal Agency to accurately account for their greenhouse gas emissions—and then sharply reduce them 30% by 2020 [previous story]—the Navy has doubled down in their response.
Already the Navy uses 17% renewable energy (about like Iowa and even better than California), but they plan on achieving a faster reduction and a much tougher goal that that decreed by the president: fifty percent—some of which will be achieved by 2015. Or as US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus put it: “Our Navy and Marine Corps has never backed away from a challenge.” [ed. note: THAT makes me so damn patriotic I have no words. Anybody who says greenies aren’t patriotic can go suck it.]
Secretary Mabus told the Naval Energy Forum that they can cut their total energy consumption 50% by 2020 for ships, aircraft, tanks, vehicles, and shore installations by moving to more renewable energy. He reiterated that Navy F/A-18s will fly on renewable jet fuel within 3 years [previous story].
He sees it as a security issue saying, “We do not have operational independence and we are tied to a vulnerable logistics tail. When you factor in the cost of transportation to a coastal facility in Pakistan—or airlifting it to Kandahar—and then you add the cost you add the cost of putting it in a truck, guarding it, delivering it to the battlefield, and then transferring that one gallon into a piece of equipment that needs it—in extreme cases that gallon of gasoline could cost up to $400.”
For vehicles, they believe they can achieve a 50% reduction even sooner. By 2015 they will replace their current fleet of 50,000 gas guzzlers, as they go out of service, with “a new composite fleet of flex fuel vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and neighborhood electric vehicles.” [ed. note: a model for a diverse transportation portfolio indeed.]
So, if you make or sell any kind of solid and practical Gas 2.0-type transportation, looks like there’s going to be one huge market out there between now and 2015. Stay tuned!