The Navy values energy as a strategic resource and we understand how energy security is fundamental to our mission. Energy security is having assured access to reliable supplies of energy and the ability to protect and deliver sufficient energy to meet our warfighting and installation needs. The Secretary of the Navy issued several energy goals to increase warfighting capability, both strategically and tactically. From a strategic perspective, the objective is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Tactically, the objective is to use energy sources available on location and increase energy efficiency to reduce the vulnerability that is often associated with long fuel supply transport lines and increase operational capability.
Secretary of the Navy Energy Goals
- Increase Alternative Energy Use DoN-Wide: by 2020, 50 percent of total energy consumption will come from alternative sources.
- Increase Alternative Energy Ashore: by 2020, DoN will produce at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources; 50 percent of Navy and Marine Corps installations will be net-zero.
- Sail the “Great Green Fleet”: DoN will demonstrate a Green Strike Group in local operations by 2012 and sail it by 2016.
- Reduce Non-Tactical Petroleum Use: By 2015, DoN will reduce petroleum use in the commercial fleet by 50 percent.
- Energy Efficient Acquisition: Evaluation of energy factors will be mandatory when awarding Department of the Navy contracts for systems and buildings.
Navy Energy Strategy
The Navy’s energy strategy is centered on energy security, energy efficiency and sustainability while remaining the pre-eminent maritime power.
- Energy efficiency increases mission effectiveness. Efficiency improvements minimize operational risks, while saving time, money and lives.
- Energy security is critical to mission success. Energy security safeguards our energy infrastructure and shields the Navy from a volatile energy supply.
- Sustainable efforts protect mission capabilities. Investment in environmentally responsible technologies afloat and ashore reduces green house gas emissions and lessens dependence on fossil fuels.