Army to lead battle to go green and will become even MORE efficient, top brass vow


THE Army is to lead the battle to “go green” and become even more efficient in the process, military top brass says today.

The MoD’s new eco-team warns the threats from climate change will put extra pressure on our troops as it’s even more stretched than ever. 

Army climate change and sustainability chief Lt Gen Richard Nugee launched their green revolution today
Armoured vehicled will go electric as part of the fleet’s shake-up

They said that as the planet heats up, it will lead to “more violence” and “fewer resources” across the entire planet.

Plans include environmentally friendly fuel for jets, recycled materials, cutting gas emissions and turning gas-guzzling armoured vehicles electric.

Ben Wallace told HOAR today climate change was a “danger that has the potential to change the way we operate”.

Launching the MoD’s climate change strategy he vowed it would “help us fight and win in ever more hostile environments” as well as slashing emissions at the same time.

The impact on the planet of every new tank, warship or gun will be taken into account.

But Army climate change and sustainability chief Lt Gen Richard Nugee said the green revolution would “enhance our operational capacity rather than reduce it”.

He will say today: “I’ve been in 55 degree heat and fighting in Iraq — it’s horrible. There is a threat to our way of life through climate change. We need to do something about it and the military must play its part.

“We must do everything we can to become as green as possible without damaging our operational capability.”

And he insisted humanity must push the environment up the agenda to “the most important thing we need to deal with” to deliver lasting change.

In a message to mark the launch of the new eco-boost today, Lt Gen Nugee warned starkly: “It affects our children, our whole life.”

Britain will host the COP26 climate summit in November and the PM wants countries to commit to net zero emissions by the middle of the century.

The Army is responsible for around 3.2million tons of greenhouse gases a year but is aiming for zero by 2050.

Lt Gen Nugee said: “It affects our children, our whole life.”

Extreme UK weather events are up 60 per cent in three years and our forces play a huge part in responding to them.

Ben Wallace warned the dangers of climate change couldn’t be ignored

Lt Col Damian Flanagan said: “If environmental conditions become more volatile, the call for that from our military personnel will only increase in both frequency and scale.”

And Lt Col Hugo Stanford-Tuck worried that his own children would be furious with him if they stood by and did nothing.

He said: “Anybody who has got young children alive today, I think we will be the focus of their anger in about 20 years time where they will say ‘why didn’t you do something?’.”

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