Welcome, and thank you all for coming to the Pentagon. We are very honored to have the Secretary of Defense, and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency together today, joining forces to protect the environment.
Protecting the global environment requires commitment and teamwork. Commitment to conducting business in an environmentally sustainable manner, and teamwork to make that vision a reality. We are here today to celebrate that commitment and teamwork.
Administrator Browner has joined us to present the "Best-of-the-Best" Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award to Secretary Cohen for Defense Department leadership and excellence.
The Defense Department is receiving this recognition for our outstanding achievements in reducing the use of ozone depleting substances. The DoD and its people have won more EPA awards for protecting the ozone layer than any other organization in the world.
Leadership and technological innovation are at the heart of our success. We believe the very same leadership and technological innovation will help us to meet the current worldwide challenge to combat global climate change. I will speak to that in a moment.
But first, I would like to recognize and acknowledge the "Best-of-the-Best" Defense Department international leaders with us today. They received awards in Montreal earlier this month. These individuals and organizations have shown remarkable leadership, technological innovation, and commitment.
These are the accomplishments of Defense Department organizations and industry leaders:
- The Army established a number of Ozone Depleting Chemicals (ODC) policies unique within DoD. It is the only branch to complete elimination of Class I ODC from all currently fielded weapon systems.
- The Navy has the world's largest installed bases of CFC-12 and CFC-114 AC&R systems aboard its fleet of ships. To ensure protection of the environment, the Navy established an aggressive program to convert CFC-12 and CFC-114 systems to ozone friendly refrigerants. Additionally, the naval research lab identified and qualified a non-ozone depleting gas to replace Halon 1301, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in emissions of Halon 1301.
- The Air Force Titan IV program now the launch program office, assessed, reduced, and eliminated ODS use associated with the design, production and launch preparation of large solid rocket motors.
- By 1995 Raytheon Texas Instruments Systems was able to eliminate its reliance on ODS in manufacturing operations. They have led the way in testing, developing and implementing alternatives such as controlled atmosphere soldering and semi-aqueous and batch solvent cleaning of circuit boards and other defense system components.
- Nine Lockheed Martin companies have been recognized for their technology innovations and accomplishments in eliminating Class I ODCs. These technological advances have helped the department update its military specifications. Among other accomplishments, they eliminated the ODC solvents from manufacturing and maintenance of aircraft tubing and honeycomb core structures by replacing vapor degreasing with aqueous cleaners. They also patented ODC-free cleaning technologies for aerospace and electronics manufacturing, and was the first to achieve 100 percent elimination of ODCs from military manufacturing----the F-16 program.
- These accomplishments could not have taken place without the hard work and vision of the individuals we are recognizing today.
- Steven Evanoff, Lockheed Martin Corporation, for 100 percent elimination of Ozone Depleting Chemicals from military aircraft manufacturing for the F-16 Program.
- John Manuel, representing Lockheed Martin Corporation, as an organizational winner for technical innovation in the areas of solvents and degreasing agents
- Joe Felty, Raytheon TI Systems, for advances in evaluating cleaning technologies.
- Mike Leake, representing Raytheon TI Systems, as an organizational winner for being the first international military supplier to eliminate ODCs in the manufacture of missile systems.
- Gary Vest, my deputy, recognized for effective government leadership.
- Thomas Morehouse Jr., with the Air Force, instrumental in getting halons included in the 1987 Protocol.
- Ronald Sibley, demonstrated leadership at Defense Logistics Agency in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) banking and recycling.
- Joel Krinsky , demonstrated leadership for Navy's ODS Management and Elimination Program.
- Bruce w. Buckley, Commanding Officer, Naval Research Laboratory, as an organizational winner for being a premier Navy center for identifying, testing, demonstrating, and validating ODC replacements.
- John H. Preisal, Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, as an organizational winner for implementation of new technologies to eliminate 90,000 pounds of ODCs from air conditioning and refrigeration systems aboard U.S. Navy ships worldwide.
- Daniel P. Verdonik, with the Army, who spearheaded a government/ industry effort to establish a new international standard for recycled halons.
- Renata F. Price, representing the Army Material Command, an Organizational winner for strategic guidance and planning in pollution prevention.
- Jim Beale, representing the Titan Launch Program, as an organizational winner for eliminating 2.9 million pounds of ODCs associated with all U.S. commercial production and launch of large solid rocket motors, and avoided $800 million in ODC- related costs to the Titan manufacturing program
Thank you for your hard work. Your efforts have had big pay-off for Defense and the environment.
And this provides incentive for us to face new challenges. Today, one of the biggest is global climate change. The Department will continue to provide leadership in balancing environmental protection and national security in this area. Already we have steadily reduced the average energy use at our facilities, and we have robust programs that focus on reducing energy use and fuel consumption while improving performance in our weapon systems and facilities.
For the technology buffs with us today, let me show off a sample technology.
In this video you see advanced aircraft engine technology that is being developed by the Air Force, Navy, Army, DARPA, NASA and the major U.S. turbine engine companies. They are is developing engine technology for the next generation of fighters, bombers and transport aircraft. The goal is to increase engine efficiency and reduce life-cycle costs.
This technology initiative will also reduce fuel consumption by 40 percent in these engines, thus reducing the emissions that cause climate change.
I urge you to take a look at the display in the back of the room.
We are working cooperatively with other agencies and the public to ensure that we can meet our commitments to environmental protection while maintaining the flexibility required to preserve military readiness.
The Environmental Protection Agency is an one of the agencies with which we work closely. This is in large part due to the leadership demonstrated by the administrator and her people. I would particularly like to thank Steve Anderson of the EPA for his tireless efforts in helping DoD meet the challenges of the Montreal Protocol. His cooperation with DoD is the model for what we must do to address global climate change. -- It is now a great pleasure to introduce EPA Administrator, Carol Browner.