Climate and environment
The Danish Ministry of Defence has a Green Action Plan 2021-2025 covering initiatives within climate, energy, environment and nature.
The nature around Oksbøl training ground. Photo: Henrik Kastenskov.
The MoD is one of Denmark’s largest governmental workplaces with more than 20.000 employees and establishments all over the country. The wide range of tasks both in Denmark and abroad requires many resources, affects the environment, and causes greenhouse gas emissions.
In the process of delivering on our green ambitions, we have to find ways that do not compromise our operative tasks and our ability to conduct operations. The green efforts should support, and not limit, our operational effectiveness.
The Green Action Plan 2021-2025
The Green Action Plan sets an ambitious, green direction for the MoD with 46 individual short and long-term initiatives within seven focus areas. The initiatives cover areas such as our built estate, land and nature management, capacities and activities as well as ways of conducting our tasks. We look into how we can be more energy efficient, but also how we can use innovative solutions such as sustainable fuels and virtual reality to reduce our climate impact in the future.
In general, we are open to new ideas and innovative thinking. New climate technologies mean new possibilities. The action plan will be reviewed annually as we find and develop new and better ways to fulfil our green ambitions.
The seven focus areas are:
- Energy consumption
- Air pollution
- Soil and groundwater
- Wastewater and surface water
- Resource consumption and waste production
- Noise and vibration
Since 2012 The MoD has published annual climate evaluations. The evaluation presents the total emissions of the MoD.
The Danish Climate Partnership
The Climate Partnership on Defence between the Government and the Danish defence industry was launched in the spring of 2021.
The aim was to pave a way for a greener defence with particular focus on retaining or strengthening the ability to operate, create new green defence solutions, and boost export opportunities.
The partnership publicized its recommendations in May 2022.
International engagement on climate and defence
The Danish Ministry of Defence actively promotes the green agenda internationally and shares knowledge and best-practices on climate and defence with countries and organisations in the Nordic region, Europe and globally.
For instance, the MoD has worked with NATO to develop a mapping methodology for green house gas emission of NATO and allied countries. The methodology is based on the Danish Climate Account methodology.