U.S. Navy climate plan calls to curb emissions, electrify vehicle fleet

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  • The US Navy on Tuesday unveiled a climate action plan focused on reducing the service’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions and electrifying its vehicle fleet.
  • The Navy’s strategy instructs the service to achieve a 65% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.
  • “Climate change is one of the most destabilizing forces of our time, raising other national security concerns and posing serious preparedness challenges,” Navy Secretary Carlos del Toro said in a statement.

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US Navy on Tuesday Climate action plan unveiled Focused on installing cybersecure microgrids, increasing the supply of lithium batteries and reducing the service’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Navy’s strategy, a response to President Joe Biden’s executive order asking federal agencies to develop plans to adapt to climate change, sees the service achieve a 65% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. instructs to do so.

The plan comes after the US military in February unveiled its first climate strategy, which focuses mostly on protecting and training soldiers amid worsening climate disasters like floods and heat waves.

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Department of Defense warned last year That climate change poses a serious threat to US military operations, and that more frequent and intense extreme weather events have cost the department billions of dollars.

For example, a Defense Department Searched last month’s review That the Marine Corps training ground on Paris Island in South Carolina is particularly vulnerable to floods, coastal erosion and other effects of climate change. Scientists predict that by 2099 most of the island will be submerged by high tide.

“Climate change is one of the most destabilizing forces of our time, raising other national security concerns and posing serious preparedness challenges,” Navy Secretary Carlos del Toro said in a statement.

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“If temperatures continue to rise, the oceans will warm, creating more destructive storms, requiring our fleet and Marine Corps forces to increase their operational speed to respond,” del Toro said.

As part of the strategy, the Navy has committed to curbing five million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2027 – the equivalent of removing one million cars from the road. It plans to install cyber-secure microgrids or comparable resilience technology to support its missions, as well as ensure domestic supplies of lithium batteries needed for mission operations.

The service will also work to electrify its vehicle fleet. For example, the Marine Corps has upgraded one-third of its fleet of seven-ton trucks to a more fuel-efficient version and expects to upgrade the rest by 2024, the plan said.

The service said it would equip its force with the appropriate training and equipment needed to operate “in a more volatile climate future”, such as incorporating climate threats into its combat and training exercises.

“Climate change exposes vulnerabilities to our people, installations, platforms, operations, and allies and partners,” said Meredith Berger, Assistant Navy Secretary for Energy, Installations, and the Environment.

“To remain the world’s leading maritime force, the Navy Department must adapt to climate change: we must build resilience and mitigate the threat,” Berger said.

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