Defence has a carbon problem. This article introduces the concept of ‘low-carbon warfare’ as a means of capturing recent developments, the extent to which they dovetail with existing concerns regarding the business of war in the twenty-first century, and the prospect of significant changes to how militaries operate in the years ahead as the global energy transition unfolds.
Neta Crawford explores the U.S. military’s contribution to climate change. She finds that although the Defense Department has significantly reduced its fossil fuel consumption since the early 2000s, it remains the world’s single largest consumer of oil – and as a result, one of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters.
This submission to the Global Stocktake calls for the inclusion of military and conflict greenhouse gas emissions in the UNFCCC'S Global Stocktake process for the Paris Agreement. This was supported by Tipping Point North South, Conflict and Environment Observatory, Scientists for Global Responsibility, Costs of War, Transform Defence, Concrete Impacts, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Zoï Environment Network…
A joint civil society call launched by CEOBS that urges governments to set meaningful emissions reduction targets and outlines what these targets need to include to be meaningful. The joint call has been signed by more than 200 organisations.
A month on from COP27, Ellie Kinney reflects on her time in Sharm El-Sheikh. Ellie landed at the COP with our newly published policy brief, and with a mission to advocate for better reporting of military greenhouse gas emissions.
Pressure from campaigners, researchers and journalists has been instrumental in driving climate action by states and large corporations. Climate action tracking websites and reports play a vital role in informing this process but as Ellie Kinney writes, the leading climate tracking sites are silent on military emissions.
NATO has pledged to reduce its instituational emissions but won't publish the methodology it will use to count them. Doug Weir argues that this lack of transparency underscores the importance of military emissions instead being addressed by the UNFCCC.
In this article, Michael Maier reports (in german) on the environental consequence of the war in Ukraine, featuring interviews with Lennard de Klerk, author of the report 'Climate damage caused by Russia's war in Ukraine', Stuart Parkinson from Scientists for Global Responsibility, and Oliver Heidrich, Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.
Stars and Stripes provides independent news and information to the U.S. military community, including active-duty servicemembers, DoD civilians, veterans, contractors, and their families. In this article, Phillip Walter Wellman reports on the CEOBS and SGR report 'Estimating the military’s global greenhouse gas emissions'.
The NZDF sets out a 'direction of travel' to reduce ghg emissions and initial targets a 21% reduction no later than the end of FY2024/25, and a 42% reduction no later than the end of FY2029/30 - set against a 2016/17 baseline.
The Sustainable Support Strategy is Defence Support’s initial response to the challenges climate change poses. It outlines a plan to reduce emissions and increase the sustainability of operations, through novel approaches and technology.
In this joint study with Scientists for Global Responsibility, we describe an innovative new methodology to provide updated estimates for global and regional military GHG emissions. In particular, we find that the total military carbon footprint is approximately 5.5% of global emissions- greater than that of Russia.
The UK House of Commons Defence Committee is conducting an inquiry into ‘Defence and Climate Change’. Linsey Cottrell, Environmental Policy Officer at The Conflict and Environment Observatory, and Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director at Scientists for Global Responsibility, were invited to give evidence on 24th January 2023, focusing on the Ministry of Defence's emissions.
This COP27 side event is co-hosted by the Government of Ukraine and The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). At this event, Ukraine launched a new methodology to measure the emissions resulting from Russia's invasion, and speakers discusses how this so far ignored issue can be dealt with under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement.
In this virtual panel discussion, we launch our annual update on the state of military greenhouse gas reporting to the UNFCCC, alongside our framework for tracking military emissions. The panel also discusses an innovative new methodology to estimate global military emissions, and learns how Green Korea United are holding their Government to account.