Overview of the Department of Defense's Progress in Achieving Energy Conservation

RCED-85-122: Published: Jun 6, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1985.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to manage its use of energy with particular attention focused on its progress in meeting four federally mandated energy conservation goals.

GAO found that: (1) all three of the DOD services have met the goal for a 30-percent reduction in petroleum use in federal buildings and were meeting the goal of making new buildings 45 percent more energy efficient; (2) none of the services will meet the 1990 goal for energy conservation retrofits which involve improving energy-use efficiency by modifying equipment or structures in existing buildings; (3) only the Army has met the goal of reducing energy use by 20 percent; and (4) DOD purchases of new vehicles were generally meeting or exceeding fuel efficiency standards.

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