Ministry of Defence The Defense Committee has said it should be more ambitious with its decarbonisation plans and do more to cut carbon emissions without compromising military efficiency.

Despite accounting for half of the government’s total emissions, the Ministry of Defense has less ambitious targets than any other department, parliamentarians wrote.

It aims to reduce its emissions by 30% by 2025 but this can only be achieved by relying on decarbonisation of the power grid.

In a new report titled Defense and Climate Change, the committee said these targets are “insufficiently demanding” and is calling on the Defense Ministry to adopt a more ambitious strategy for the next round of greening. Government Commitment (GGC) target between 2026 and 2030.

Only RAF The committee said the government aims to become net zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of its 2050 target, with substantial plans in place.



Sitting quietly and doing nothing is not a valid option for a sector with such high emissions

Tobias Ellwood, Chairman of the Defense Committee

Chairman of the Defense Committee, tobias elwoodsaid: “The scientific consensus on climate change is clear and overwhelming: we must reduce carbon emissions dramatically and quickly.

“While we welcome the progress made so far, our report finds that the Ministry of Defense can do much more to play its part.

“Maintaining the UK’s military capabilities must be a priority and is non-negotiable. However, the Defense Ministry should not hide behind maintaining capabilities as an excuse to avoid making progress elsewhere.

The Defense Committee wants the Ministry of Defense to report its emissions more transparently and for those figures to be independently verified.

He said it should also broaden the scope of emissions measurement and control – the GGC targets do not include housing used by service members and their families or the fuels used – and monitoring decarbonisation efforts in individual organisations. Should appoint a climate change director.

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