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Michal Khayut

The blue color of the IAF uniform won’t be changing for the time being, but when it comes to ecological awareness it seems that the IAF is greener than ever. In the past few years, the IAF has aimed to become more ecological and economical in order to reduce the environmental damage caused by the military while saving millions of shekels in the process. The unit responsible for the unique project is called “Blue Builds Green”.

Members of the “Blue Builds Green” unit oversee various ecological projects. These days, they are working to replace the vehicles used around the IAF bases with electric automobiles. Next month, a primary experimental phase of the project will be conducted in cooperation with the “Better Place” company. The IAF estimates that replacing the cars will save the force five million shekels a year since fuel expenses will be reduced. “Regardless, this project isn’t taking place in order to save us money”, emphasizes Captain Itamar Buganim, Head of “Blue Builds Green”, “It’s very important to us to help with reducing aerial pollution”.

Electricity at Daytime? That’s What Mirrors Are For

Another way to help our environment is power conservation. It seems like a very easy task but when it comes to the IAF, which works around the clock, it becomes increasingly complex. And so, the IAF participates in the conservation efforts by utilizing solar panels installed in various IAF bases. These days, another ecological project is being implemented: Natural lighting in garages and sheds.

In the process of the new natural lighting project, the buildings will be lit by mirrors reflecting sunlight. A tube containing small mirrors aimed at the sun will allow the spreading of light without using electricity. “Using natural lighting will save nearly two and a half million shekels a year”, says Captain Itamar Buganim, “We won’t have to use electricity during the daytime”.