“...Climate change and environmental degradation exacerbate potential conflict, in light of their impact on desertification, land degradation, and water and food scarcity...”
(European Union Global Strategy-2016)
The Energy and Environment Working Group (EnE WG) was formed at the direction of the EDA Steering Board (SB) held on 26 Jun 2014. Building on previous work conducted under EDA’s Military Green initiative, it was formed to take account of the transverse and complex nature of energy and environmental factors in the Defence sector and to offer a structured approach to all aspects of related issues that affect the EDA participating Member States (pMS). The EnE WG is an extrovert scheme, seeking synergies and cooperating with other entities or fora of similar concerns (CF-SEDSS, DEFNET, NATO EP WG, etc).
The EnE WG supports the participating Member States (pMS)’s collective journey towards increasing the resilience of MoDs, Armed Forces and Defence technological and industrial sector to existing and emerging vulnerabilities resulting from strategic considerations concerning energy security and dependence on fossil fuels, resources security of supply, water security, and environmental change.
The EnE WG provides capability aware and strategically informed advice on Energy and Environmental factors affecting the Armed Forces of Europe, delivering tangible benefits in accordance with pMS guidance.
EDA’s EnE WG is promoting a collaborative and integrated approach to:
- Examine opportunities to increase the resilience of the EDA participating Members States’ MODs, Armed Forces and Defence technological and industrial sector to existing and emerging vulnerabilities resulting from strategic considerations concerning energy security and dependence on fossil fuels, resources security of supply, water security, and environmental change.
- Explore opportunities to move collectively on a journey towards developing resilient, low-carbon2, environmentally sustainable MOD’s and Armed Forces’, by reducing environmental footprints, by realizing the benefits of sustainable resource consumption and production, and reducing emissions and energy consumption on operations and at home, for sea, land and air capabilities.
- Assess the impact of future Energy policy on military capability and develop adaptation strategies for alternate fuel and energy sources
- Assess the impact of current and emerging global sustainability considerations, including environmental policy, and wider geopolitical risks on military capabilities and develop adaptation strategies
- Conduct Technology Watch in support of, for example, military energy efficiency, alternative fuels, power supplies, energy storage, treatment and reduction of emissions and related control systems developed in full coherence with the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda and associated Technology Building Blocks.
- Develop a Strategic Research Agenda for energy and wider sustainability issues of relevance to the planning, develop, and generation of military capability
- Develop metrics and statistical analysis for energy consumption and related environmental parameters of Europe’s Armed Forces
- Improve knowledge dissemination of best practice in the energy and environmental field affecting Defence.
- Provide collective education and training in priority areas identified by pMS.
EnE Programme Spectrum Of Interest
The EnE Programme includes activities related to:
- Energy Efficiency
- Energy Performance
- Renewable Energy Sources
- Environmental Protection
- Legislative implications such as the developments in energy and environmental policy and the opportunities and challenges for defence
- Defence Sustainability and Resilience
- Sustainable Procurement: Defence Industry Engagement, Supply Chain Security, and Life Cycle Assessmen
- Circular Economy
- Water Management
- Waste Management
- Environment Management Systems
- Energy Management Systems
- Energy and Environmental Security
- Climate Change
- Knowledge, Culture, and Behaviour
- 22-23 Sep 2020: 16th EnE WG meeting for Climate Change via VTC - Access Meeting's Material
- 14 Apr 2021: 1st High-Level Joint and Defence Energy meeting
- 1-2 Jun 2021: 18th EnE WG meeting via VTC
- 16-17 Jun 2021: 2nd CF-SEDSS III Conference
- 15-16 Sep 2021: 19th EnE WG Virtual meeting
- 23-24 Nov 2021: 3rd CF-SEDSS III Conference (Ljubljana-SI)
- Feb 2022: 20th EnE WG Meeting (Format and Date TBD)