Our REMI staff presented “Examine Economic & Environmental Impacts of Military Bases.” Based on a directive from the Biden Administration, they focused on the economic and environmental impacts of making military bases greener via the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
When the Biden Administration entered the White House, they immediately set a 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target and signed an executive order to help reduce emissions created in America. The U.S. military has been a significant contributor to the nation’s carbon footprint. For example, they were responsible for approximately 52 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 — more than other countries, such as Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. As a response to climate policy priorities, the Department of Defense has plans to develop an electrified zero-emissions non-tactical vehicle fleet, to replace fossil-fueled vehicles by 2035 completely. The question is, how will this and other associated changes affect their economic footprint?