|28 Oct. 2015 ||
Building environmental security in Afghanistan
More than 100 Afghan leaders joined international partners to develop a strengthened environmental security policy in Afghanistan, at an inaugural conference in Kabul from 26-28 October 2015. Environmental policies, hazardous waste and material management, air quality fundamentals, wastewater management, spill response, recycling and solid and medical waste handling were among the issues tackled.
|07 Apr. 2015 ||
NATO and its partners become smarter on energy
Reducing fuel consumption in the military has become an operational imperative: not only can it save money, it will also save soldiers’ lives, as well as improve the mobility and endurance of military forces. Enhancing the energy efficiency of the armed forces is one of NATO’s priorities in the field of energy security.
|05 Jul. 2013 ||
Armies get smart on energy
Energy costs are a significant drain on defence budgets. This could impact on the resources available for Allies to acquire and maintain defence capabilities as well as limit their capacity to undertake military operations. Reducing the energy footprint of operations is a priority. NATO and individual Allies are working on alternative energy sources and developing multinational ‘smart energy’ projects.
|26 Jun. 2013 ||
‘Smart Energy’ camp opens eyes to promising energy-saving solutions
Energy-efficient equipment and materials were showcased recently at a demonstration camp set up at the military exercise “Capable Logistician 2013” in Slovakia in June. Over 500 visitors had their eyes opened to the security issues surrounding fuel supplies for deployed forces as well as to potential energy efficiency concepts and projects for the military.
|17 Sep. 2012 ||
NATO workshop focuses on energy and environmental risks facing the Alliance
Food scarcity, natural disasters, the management and distribution of scarce water resources, and the interruption of vital energy supplies are examples of seemingly unrelated factors that can have an effect on security. On 17 September, a NATO workshop was held to look at how such factors and vulnerabilities interact, how they could affect NATO member states and ways in which the Alliance could respond to these security risks.
|21 Feb. 2012 ||
Training among endangered species
Most people would be surprised to learn that military training areas – whether they are forest, coastline or open fields – hold some of the most endangered species of plants and animals, precisely because they are used by the military. But military training areas, which are often protected in many NATO member states and some partner countries, are in fact used by more than training military personnel, serving as islands of biodiversity.
|29 Nov. 2011 ||
NATO helps Belarus and Ukraine cope with flood risks
The Pripyat River Basin on the border between Belarus and Ukraine is prone to severe flooding, impacting local communities and economies. The basin includes the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and one of the river’s tributaries provides a local nuclear power station with cooling water, so effective monitoring is essential.
|10 Nov. 2011 ||
NATO boosts energy solutions for the military
More than 200 energy experts from NATO, partner countries and the private sector gathered on 10 November 2011 in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius to discuss technologies for making the military less dependent on fossil fuel. The conference “Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Applications” focussed on measures to increase the effectiveness and improve the security of future military missions, while reducing the military’s carbon footprint.
|30 Sep. 2011 ||
Flying saucers of the sea
It might look like a flying saucer, but the metal disk sitting in the water could prove to be a step forward in protecting the environment as well as civilian or military assets under the sea. The small craft, known as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), is used to carry specialised sonar equipment in a NATO-led research project that is the first of its kind.
|12 May. 2011 ||
From environmental hazard to safe fertilizer
Previously used in small and medium-range missiles by Soviet forces, melange is a highly toxic substance. Thousands of tonnes of melange are still present in several countries of the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact. In some places, this highly corrosive fluid is eating through storage tanks and leaking into the ground, polluting the soil and exposing groundwater to possible contamination. Its poisonous red-brown fumes can also cause other problems, such as breathing difficulties and toxic rain.