Defence outlines a greener future

The Ministry of Defence has launched the Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy, marking the foundation of the MOD’s ongoing environmental response.

As part of the new Strategy, Defence aims to champion a culture of sustainability across its community, by mitigating environmental impact whilst maintaining critical military outputs. 

By 2050, Defence aims to:

  • Adapt, fight and win in ever more hostile and unforgiving physical environments.
  • Contribute to the UK’s net zero by 2050 target by reducing emissions and scaling up the transition to renewables. 
  • Act and be recognised as a global leader both in responding to the emerging geopolitical and conflict-related threats being exacerbated by climate change and is addressing carbon emissions.

The Strategy signifies a new approach, outlined in the recently published Defence Command Paper, that recognises the threat climate change poses to global security and Defence. It will ensure green initiatives and sustainable considerations are embedded in all decision-making areas across Defence.

Defence is already working to become more sustainable; the Army are piloting Carbon efficient accommodation across their training estates and will continue this programme into 2022. Defence has also committed to enhancing biodiversity across its estate and is developing new agri-environmental programmes.

Lt Gen Richard Nugee, MOD Climate Change & Sustainability lead said: “Climate change is just as much a threat to global security as more conventional threats, and this has the ability to change the way we operate.

“Defence is already making great strides in its efforts to become more sustainable. By changing the way we operate, across land, sea and air domains, Defence will play its part in the fight against climate change.”