Correction: Climate Change-US Navy story

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Posted: Apr 15, 2016 11:47 AM

In a story April 12 about a U.S. Navy environmental initiative, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Navy is requiring big vendors to report their overall output of climate-changing greenhouse gases. The Navy is requesting the reports from vendors, not requiring them.

A corrected version of the story is below:

US Navy to request climate change reporting from vendors

US Navy to request climate change reporting from vendors; 1st military branch to do so

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER

Associated Press

SUNNYVALE, California (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Tuesday became the first branch of the country's military — the world's single largest user of fossil fuels — to say it will start requesting that big vendors report their output of climate-changing greenhouse gases and work to lower it.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the move at a Silicon Valley conference on tech, government and climate change, noting that the Navy is facing rising ocean levels and a surge of interest as ice melts in the Arctic.

The U.S. military has characterized climate change as a threat to national security since at least 2014, saying drought and other natural disasters can foster instability, conflict and extremism.

The move seeks to leverage the Navy's $170 billion budget to encourage contractors to cut their overall output of climate-changing carbon.

But the policy does not immediately commit the Navy to cutting off companies with high emissions.

The Navy is following the lead of the General Services Administration, which last year became the first federal agency to require its vendors to report carbon emissions and set lower targets.

The U.S. military is also broadening its use of solar and other renewable energy, seeking to lessen its dependence on supply chains and on oil, a commodity vulnerable to global tensions.

The Navy is responsible for about one-third of the Pentagon's use of fossil fuel, Mabus said. He spoke to an emissions-focused meeting of leaders of Google, Apple and other tech and financial firms.

He cited Navy moves toward cleaner energy, including solar-power-generating blankets that help Navy SEALs stay out in the field with less conventional fuel and greater use of renewable energy at Navy facilities.