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3 juillet 2013 3 03 /07 /juillet /2013 12:50
Military Green 2013: From Strategy to Action
Brussels | Jul 03, 2013 European Defence Agency
Military Green 2013 was conducted as series of small workshops over three days in early June. Gathering experts from governments, institutions, research institutes and industry, the aim has been to provide recommendations on how to take things forward in what has been identified as low hanging fruit. These small workshop settings has proved to be a very effective way of working. 

The attached workshop report has tried capture the essence of what was discussed and morph it with other sources of information in order to provide a comprehensive view on the way forward. Topics covered have been:

  • Strategy development
  • Climate change
  • Implications and opportunities in the context of EU Directives
  • Alternative technologies including biofuels and renewables
  • Modelling and simulation

EDA’s Member States will over the coming months will process the outcome of the Workshop in order to identify what they want to address in a collaborative setting.



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6 juin 2013 4 06 /06 /juin /2013 06:50
Military Green 2013: Series of Focused Workshops
Brussels | Jun 05, 2013 European Defence Agency

The anticipated follow-up to Military Green 2012 takes on a different form altogether. Last year’s bash formed part of the Commission’s Sustainable Energy Week gathering hundred and fifty attendants with the aim to raise awareness on the bigger picture of climate, environment and energy while exhibiting and demonstrating technological opportunities to reduce the footprint. The low key 2013 edition looks instead to develop roadmaps to deliver tangible results drawing on civil-military synergies.


Addressing energy and environment is essential to sustaining defence and crisis management capabilities. Recent operations have clearly shown that energy supply in theatre is an Achilles’ heel. Time and again adversaries have targeted fuel convoys, compromising the operational effectiveness and causing unnecessary loss of life. 


Increasing energy efficiency reduces vulnerability and additionally cuts costs, not only in theatre but also at home during preparations. Introducing better water and waste management as well as the use of more responsible materials and munitions provides a good base for post-conflict reconstruction while contributing to sustainable development. Furthermore, understanding how climate change affects international security supports developing capabilities that can prevent potential future disasters and conflicts.


Following a strategic Government-only meeting earlier this year a number of areas were identified as quick wins, requiring little or moderate efforts. To launch the harvesting of these low hanging fruit it was decided to conduct a set of expert workshops to identify challenges, opportunities and a viable collaborative way forward. Topics that will be covered are:


6 – 7 June 2013

  • Climate change and loss biodiversity as threat-multipliers to international security
  • Increasing awareness on the impact of the EU directives
  • Exploring new business models that make it attractive for all stakeholders (supplier, buyer, user and environment) to reduce the footprint


13 – 14 June 2013

  • Catalysing the introduction of alternative fuels
  • Integrating novel alternative and renewable energy supply technologies for land installations
  • Eco-design – designing to endure environmental conditions responsibly

Key stakeholders have already been invited to attend. Should you be interested in attending and there are seats available this is possible. Just send us an e-mail to gem2(a)eda.europa.eu and let us know what topics you are interested in and we will assess if it is feasible.


More information: 

  • A leaflet on Military Green can be found here.
  • More information on the Military Green 2012 conference and outcome is available here.
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1 juin 2013 6 01 /06 /juin /2013 11:50
Brussels | May 31, 2013 European Defence Agency

As part of the Military Green effort EDA launched a study in 2012 to address the dependency on fossil fuels in operations. The study, now concluded, sheds light over the actual consumption and proposes concrete measures to increase energy efficiency and in doing so reduce the overall fuel consumption.

Military Green Helps Shake the Fossil Fuel Addiction

Using fossil fuels comes with an addiction that is hard to shake and we rely on them heavily to get through the day. Diesel and petrol power our cars and busses while coal and oil help us keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The latter types of fuels also help power the metro systems and the overhead railway lines to take us longer distances. To take us really long distances kerosene is what propels us all the way up into the Jetstream.

The defence domain is no less susceptible. On the contrary, over the years the dependency has grown and although it mainly concerns logistic fuels, they are nonetheless fossil. But as shown by this Workshop there is room for change and improvements can be made today, some aided by technology others through spreading awareness.

Reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency of our deployed systems will reduce the overall need for fuel. Subsequently the number of convoys needed to be sent into high threat theatre can be reduced. By doing so, the exposure to risk by personnel can be reduced.

The reduction in fuel consumption also results in lower materiel life-cycle costs. Furthermore the sheer reduction in overall combustion of fossil fuels reduces the hazardous emissions. These aspects are not only relevant to high threat areas but also to the other extreme in terms of CMOs, disaster relief. Also, if we can reduce fuel consumption in theatre, we can most likely do the same in the homeland.

Contracted to Spanish company ISDEFE, the study with the acronym Fuel-D provides a statistical picture of overall energy consumption in operations as well as specific data associated with selected camps in theatre. The statistics have been analysed in order to identify trends and opportunities for reducing consumption. Fuel-D has further developed a software tool to allow mission planners to better understand how capabilities can be enhanced by reducing energy consumption and how this affects the cost burden positively. In addition Fuel-D has shown how camp designs can be optimised through the introduction of novel and renewable energy technologies. This is in particular feeds straight into EDA and Member States expert work in developing Best Practices for Energy Supply Systems for Camps.

The successful conclusion of the Fuel-D study feeds into the continued work on energy and environment that EDA Member States are undertaking. The upcoming workshop series Military Green 2013 to be held in early June will be the first step in exploiting the results of the Fuel-D study.


More information:

  • A leaflet on Military Green can be found here
  • More information on the Military Green 2012 conference and outcome is available here.
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