Soaring energy prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are not just a concern for European households and businesses. The military, too, depends on civilian energy networks, making the security and affordability of supply a critical need. The European Defence Agency (EDA) is intensifying efforts to help EU ministries of defence and partners to develop and apply cleaner, more sustainable energy models at home. This support is part of the European Union’s broader strategy to cut its reliance on fossil fuels and prevent any potential aggressor from using energy dependence as an economic weapon.
“Now more than ever, the EU needs to fast-track the clean transition to avoid being held energy hostage,” EDA Chief Executive Jiří Šedivý said at the EDA Energy Defence Consultation Forum conference in France,
Security implications of climate change
The EU’s efforts at slashing planet-warming emissions and reducing fossil fuel dependency are taking on more urgency after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In their Versailles Declaration, EU leaders in March called not only to bolster EU
defence capabilities but to reduce energy dependency on Russian gas, coal and oil imports.
Through the European Green Deal, the EU - the world's third-biggest greenhouse gas emitter – aims to become climate neutral by 2050. That has huge security implications for EU armed forces who should also reduce their carbon footprint to help
meet that goal. Taken together, the total energy consumption of Member States’ armed forces equals that of a smaller EU country, according to EDA data. At the same time, diversifying energy sources and increasing the use of renewables can
help defence improve its resilience and energy security.