IDF launches the first ever course to teach officers how to save energy during routine military activity, protecting the environment and raising awareness
IDF instruction base completed the first ever energy preservation course, which trains career soldiers to be 'energy preservation officers' teaching them about the different ways to save energy during routine military activity.
The course is part of a 'green' trend currently implemented at all IDF units. New general staff regulations call for saving energy and resources, and deal with the preservation of the IDF energy sources.
Approximately 30 officers and career soldiers of all IDF units participated in the course, during which they learned how to monitor energy use and of new technologies enabling preservation of resources. Additionally, the commanders were instructed on how to lead soldiers at their bases, raising awareness on the issue and changing everyday habits.
Civilians from the Environmental Protection Ministry and other professional companies, as well as military personnel responsible for energy preservation lectured during the course. The participants also toured civilian companies and IDF bases, in order to learn about new way to preserve energy.
"The course teaches that preserving resources such as electricity, coal, water, and diesel will bring to significant changes and save money," explained Training and Instruction Officer at the Environmental Protection Department, Cpt. Chanan Naveh- Goldberger. "Once you waste less, you also pollute the environment less." Cpt. Naveh-Goldberger works to raise awareness of environmental issues at the IDF, and launched the course.
With the completion of the course, the new 'energy preservation officers' were required to measure where energy is used efficiently at their respective bases and where change must be implemented.