The United States Air Force has developed its first strategy to decrease carbon emissions and adapt to climate change.

Officials from the United States Air Force and Space Force announced a climate action plan on Wednesday that includes a target of running bases with net-zero emissions by 2046, an ambitious endeavor to reduce the military’s large carbon footprint. The plan, the first from the branches, also considers how the Air Force will need to adjust its operations to changing climate conditions, particularly within its base architecture and where its energy originates from.

“Extreme weather and environmental circumstances are already exacting substantial costs on Department of the Air Force locations and operational missions, while also posing new hazards to our ability to train and operate efficiently,” said Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall in the proposal.

He acknowledged the Air Force as the Department of Defense’s greatest emitter of greenhouse emissions. According to Boston University studies, the overall carbon footprint of the US military matches that of nations such as Denmark and Portugal. These gases contribute to global warming and the deteriorating impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather phenomena.

To sustain air and space capabilities, the strategy calls for targeted expenditures to update the infrastructure of its facilities across the world, beginning with $36 million this year and increasing to $100 million by the end of 2026. For the next fiscal year, the Department of the Air Force asked for a budget of around $194 billion.

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