New directive requires a written environmental protection clause for all exercises and training drills

Date: 22/05/2012, 11:53 AM     Author: Iddan Sonsino

As part of the growing trend of environmental protection within the IDF (Zahal), a military-wide directive was issued on Monday (May 21) requiring a written environmental protection clause for all exercises and training drills.

The directive referred to a number of different environmental protection issues, including fuels and oils, waste disposal, soil pollution, air pollution, resource conservation, and protection of antiquities.

Among other things, the directive requires the collection and orderly cleanup of fuels and oils, the immediate reporting of any possible contamination, the sorting and separation of waste, the shutting down of vehicle engines during idleness to prevent air pollution, the avoidance of spilling water from tanks, and the immediate notification of commanders when antiquities are found.

In recent years, the IDF (Zahal) has intensified its environmental protection efforts, including the creation of a long-term plan that will cost billions of shekels through 2025. Among the projects expected to be included in this plan are the heating of water using natural gas, the construction of green fuel infrastructure, and the installment of automatic faucets.