The main objective is to explore the possibilities to implement the Eco-Management and Audit scheme (EMAS) in selected military installations.

Collaboration between defence industry and armed forces implemented in test ranges is essential for development of innovative, efficient and effective defence systems. The same large firing ranges are also commonly used for large scale military unit training.

Eco-management in those facilities has to take into consideration very specific problems that are rarely encountered in other organizations and activities:

  • military systems, due to specific constraints and/or technical/operational requirements include sometimes dangerous chemical substances, used under special derogations to the REACH regulations;
  • fire activities and detonations may produce toxic chemicals and may spread them over large areas;
  • large amounts of dangerous waste may be produced;
  • ·other effects on environment and ecosystems are connected to noise production and electromagnetic emissions (e.g. radars).

EMAS may provide to those institutions the ideal framework to evaluate and optimise their environmental performance. The EMAS certification of experimental ranges may be also considered essential for framing circular economy in defence systems development, linking defence industry R&D and production, military unit training, environmental protection, dangerous waste management, resource efficiency, sustainable development and support to local economy.

Project ideas

EMAS Certification Uptake at experimental test ranges

The EMAS Certification Uptake Project idea is designed to expedite the adoption of an environmental audit system within military experimental test ranges. Its primary objective is the creation of a comprehensive tool and personalised coaching sessions to facilitate a reduction in the environmental impact of the defence sector. Simultaneously, the project aims to establish itself as a benchmark for armed forces throughout Europe, streamlining the certification process and minimising both internal and external costs.

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Development of EMAS Training Modules

The development of EMAS training modules is an additional way to speed up the integration of an environmental audit system within the military context. The project's goal is to craft tailored training materials catering to diverse audiences involved in decision-making and implementing EMAS in military operations. This initiative aims to raise awareness and expertise levels, targeting academy cadets and newly employed personnel, as well as experienced individuals with or without prior knowledge in energy and/or environmental management. The overarching objective is to enhance understanding and proficiency in EMAS practices within the military sector. 

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