IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, has announced a new one billion shekel plan, “the IDF Protects the Environment.” He declared that the new Officer Instruction Base would be the first “green base” in the IDF.
The following video produced by the IDF and edited into English by Israel National News TV presents the army's new attitude towards environmental issues.
During the inauguration of the base last month, the Chief of the General Staff unveiled the “Solar Farm Project”, which includes 400 solar panels and which is expected to save up to 90,000 liters of diesel fuel a year.
“The IDF Protects the Environment” emphasizes energy conservation and long-term environment-friendly construction in the IDF. The new technological facilities which have been integrated into the Officer Instruction School were also unveiled. These facilities include volume-calculating systems, which save up to 25-35% of electricity, T5 fluorescent bulbs, which save up to 30% of electricity, and rationing water faucets, which save up to 20-50% of water.
IDF representatives explained that the change in perspective which the IDF is currently undergoing, particularly within the Officer Instruction School, is part of the ongoing training process of the future generation of officers.
“The IDF Protects the Environment” is being carried out under the guidance of the IDF’s Environmental Protection Administration, and focuses on mending past environmental damage as well as preventing future harm. The IDF stated: "The IDF’s educational efforts and encouragement of environmental protectiom, among all military ranks, are necessary to promote environmental awareness in all of the Israeli Army’s decisions."