U.S. Military increases push for energy efficiency

October 12, 2011

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has begun to realize the massive carbon footprint that may be left by the up to 1.5 million active service members and numerous buildings that are required to house these individuals, according to Mass High Tech.

DOD officials are working with the energy consultant Kema Inc. to try and implement energy management for U.S. Navy buildings in 120 global locations.

The agreement came just weeks after Pew Charitablie Trusts released a report that outlines how the military is trying to become more energy efficient, according to High Tech.

"As one of the largest energy consumers in the world, the Department of Defense has the capability to help shape America's energy future," Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Clean Energy Program, said in the Pew report.

Kema is installing 25,000 smart electricity meters in structures for the Navy, as the organization is trying to create more energy efficient buildings, High Tech reported.

The Department of Energy is also working to reduce the 40 percent total energy consumption that commercial buildings are responsible for in the U.S. The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC) is the organization's living laboratory for the design and development for technology that will help the country solve this energy consumption problem.