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first_imgRyon Jones, Staff Reporter – DOHA: Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade, battling a terrible flu that made it difficult for him even to speak, finished a disappointing seventh in the men’s 200 metres at the IAAF Doha Diamond League today. Ashmeade clocked 20.31 seconds. The world’s fastest man so far this year in the half lap event, American Ameer Webb, improved his personal best to 19.85 – a new meet record and world leading time. Panamanian Alonso Edward ran a season best 20.06 to be placed second with local boy Femi Ogunode (20.10) third.last_img

DODs Path to Net Zero Remains Hazy GAO Finds

September 13, 2019 | tqhsdewk | No Comments

first_imgFully achieving net zero status at DOD installations — reducing the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero — is unrealistic and ultimately cost prohibitive, service officials told the Government Accountability Office (GAO), according to a new report from the congressional watchdog agency.The department has not fully identified the potential costs of implementing net zero initiatives, the agency found. The only spending dedicated to net zero initiatives involved studies to establish baselines and assess the feasibility and costs of net zero at various installations. The Army reported spending $14.2 million on net zero studies from fiscal 2011-2013; the Navy reported spending about $2.6 million on studies; and the Air Force spent almost $80,000 on an implementation plan in 2012.A 2011 study by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded it would cost $842 million in capital expenditures for Fort Carson, Colo., to achieve 92 percent of its net zero energy goal.The Army is the only military department that has a net zero program, although it is not explicitly funded. Officials described the Army’s Net Zero Initiative, in part, as an awareness campaign intended to generate interest in conservation and sustainability at the installation level, according to the report.In 2014, the service directed commands to implement net zero efforts “to the maximum extent practical and fiscally prudent” and to move toward net zero goals using existing resources. Officials told GAO the Army is developing a process for measuring installations’ progress in meeting net zero goals.Navy officials said their 2011 goal to achieve net zero energy status at 50 percent of the service’s installations by 2020 is not being actively pursued; instead, the Navy is concentrating on conservation efforts.In 2012, the Air Force established goals to achieve a net zero posture. The policy is intended to focus energy, water and waste investments on attaining cost savings while meeting net zero goals.DOD officials told GAO the department has not established an integrated net zero strategy because until recently there had been no statutory goals regarding net zero. They have been working on implementation guidance to address the net zero goals included in Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, issued March 19, 2015. The Pentagon expects to issue the guidance this month. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more