Date: Wednesday March 11, 2020 at 11:05am
Lt Gen Richard Nugee to lead MOD's climate change
A new review has
been launched to spearhead initiatives within the Ministry of Defence when it
comes to tackling the challenges of climate change.
Published 6 March
Richard Nugee. Crown copyright
Lt Gen Richard Nugee has been
appointed to lead the review, which will explore how the department can better
incorporate climate change and sustainability considerations into Defence’s
processes and policy decisions.
Defence faces fresh and evolving
challenges to how and where it operates as a result of climate change. Our
Armed Forces, for example, need to be prepared to operate more often in the
Arctic region as ice sheets recede and Russian submarine activity increases;
our forces are increasingly called upon to assist with natural disasters across
the globe; and they need to be able to operate in environments that will and
are experiencing more extreme weather patterns.
In addition, defence is one of
the largest central government contributors to greenhouse gas emissions resulting
from the operation of its aircraft, ships and vehicles plus its large estate of
bases and housing.
The former Chief of Defence
People will drive climate change policy and planning within the MOD and develop
the department’s strategy to reduce its contribution to carbon and greenhouse
The review will focus on the
Ministry of Defence’s contribution to NZ50 - the Government’s commitment to
reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Lieutenant General Richard Nugee
"The effect of climate
change will challenge how our Armed Forces operate today and will need to
operate in the future; we need to act now to understand and prepare for the
changes that have to be made. At the same time, we must reduce our own
emissions to help the nation reach its Net Zero 50 commitment."
"I will be looking at
all elements of defence, from equipment to infrastructure, our processes,
functions and behaviours to ensure that we develop a response that is built on
much of the good work that we are already doing."
of the success of our response will rest on our ability to motivate and harness
the passion and enthusiasm of our people and the capabilities of our allies and
The review will focus on a range
of initiatives including the MOD’s NZ50 strategy and setting a baseline for
defence’s emissions and carbon footprint.