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 paper examines the US military's impact on climate by analysing the geopolitical ecology of its global logistical supply chains. It argues that to account for the US military as a major climate actor, one must understand the logistical supply chain that makes its acquisition and consumption of hydrocarbon-based fuels possible.
Patrick Bigger and Benjamin Neimark explore how the US military used climate change to justify the provision of new military hardware and advanced biofuels, and promoted a vision of resource conflicts to support the development of technologies to overcome the constraints to delivery of fuel to emergent front lines.
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.
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.
This post explores the US Department of Defense’s relationship with the UNFCCC during the Clinton era, based on declassified documents. It includes views of President Clinton’s closest advisers and shows the importance to the U.S. delegation of exemptions won in Kyoto in 1997.
Although momentum was building for a Nato-wide emissions reduction target, at the alliance's Madrid summit there was no consensus for such bold action. US Journalist Dave Keating talks to CEOBS' Doug Weir.
Military activities have quietly enjoyed a sense of exceptionalism from environmental norms that other areas of society are expected to follow. Now, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that the 30-member military alliance would reduce emissions by at least 45% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
This paper examines the need for military greenhouse gas emissions reporting, its functions and components, and sets out an initial framework for the military sources that emissions reporting should cover, including those associated with armed conflicts.
Reporting arguing that under the Paris Agreement, rules for reporting of military and conflict-related emissions need to be developed. Both independent reporting of operational emissions of military in peacetime as well as large-scale war-related emissions is to be taken up with high priority. Military emissions should play a relevant role in the Global Stocktake due to be finalized by COP28…
This report from the US Department of Defense reviews the total level of greenhouse gas emissions for each of the last 10 years. This information is broken down by military department as well as by installation or operational emissions.
Emissions from militaries make a major contribution to the climate crisis. Just how big this is remains unclear, and without public attention, that's how it will stay. This is why we launched www.militaryemissions.org - it allows anyone to see the military emissions data that the top 60 military spenders report to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Spoiler: most…