Joe Bryan is chief sustainability officer at the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Biden administration set forth ambitious decarbonization goals including a carbon-free power sector by 2035 and a net-zero economy by 2050. Those policies reach into all facets of the U.S. energy systems including those of the military.
That is with good reason, as the Department of Defense uses a lot of energy. As the nation's single largest energy consumer, DOD accounts for more than one percent of the nation's total electricity use. With this great power use, comes great energy savings possibilities.
PUF sat down with a man with an amazing resume entrusted with such responsibilities in the form of two positions, Senior Advisor for Climate to the Secretary of Defense and to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and in January also designated the DOD's Chief Sustainability Officer. Joe Bryan here explains what these jobs entail.
PUF's Steve Mitnick: What is the role and responsibility of the Secretary of Defense's Senior Advisor for Climate? You're also the Chief Sustainability Officer, so what's your role there?
Joe Bryan: Thanks, Steve. It's good to join you. As you mentioned, I'm the Senior Advisor for Climate to the Secretary of Defense and to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. And in January of this year, I was also designated the Department's Chief Sustainability Officer.