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AF Builds on Energy, Environment
AF Builds on Energy, Environment
Air Force Print News | November 21, 2007

The Air Force's top energy and environmental steward wrapped up a week-long mission to Europe, building an energy awareness consortium among key air force and commercial aviation leaders Nov. 16.

"Our goal was to connect with our counterparts in the French and British air forces, to build a three-way understanding on the tremendous challenges that lay ahead on energy and environmental issues and establish a way ahead," said Bill Anderson, assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics. All parties recognized the major impact they can have by reducing their energy and environmental footprint."

Mr. Anderson noted that Airmen here play a critical role in further energy conservation efforts within Europe. "The relationships and connections Airmen have with their neighbors are crucial to making this initiative a success," he said. There's a logical expansion of this plan to work with Germany or other NATO countries and that established relationship will be crucial to moving this project ahead quickly.

The Air Force team also met with European commercial aviation leaders in both countries to build bridges and share ideas on how technology initiatives can help conserve natural resources. With the military accounting for approximately 10 percent of the U.S. aviation fuel usage, it's critical we explore ways to team together and find efficiencies, he said.

Mr. Anderson noted that his goal is for commercial and military enterprises to collaborate so a greener fuel can be produced for aviation. With the Air Force now testing a synthetic jet fuel, the team visited a UK-based company working on a bio-synthetic jet fuel blend. Mr. Anderson anticipates that in the future it might be feasible to combine the two feed stocks to produce an efficient, environmentally friendly jet fuel.

"This allows us to lick the energy supply problem while at the same time addressing carbon dioxide emissions," Mr. Anderson said. Ultimately, this will help improve the carbon footprint in the broader aviation industry--not just the military.

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[uhc comment: The US military uses 340,000 barrels of oil a day -->
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