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Björn Nykvist discusses the military and net zero in Energy Monitor

In an article by Nick Ferris in Energy Monitor, SEI Senior Research Fellow Björn Nykvist reveals a major reason why the military has not always seen net zero as a priority.

Published on 9 May 2022
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Jenny Wickman

Net zero makes sense from a defence point of view, but the military has historically blocked climate action over operational concerns. Beyond the climate action apathy that is felt across society, a major reason why the military has not always seen net zero as a priority is that militaries risk their capabilities by adopting new equipment that may prove ineffective.

“The operational requirements of the military […] mean that if you want to introduce a new fuel or technology you have to be absolutely certain that it works,” explained Nykvist. “You only need look at the logistical problems faced by Russian soldiers in their invasion of Ukraine to see how important it is to get this right.”

These problems included fuel and supply shortages, a lack of convoy protection and a scattered command structure.

Read the article in its entirety here.


Bjorn Nyqvist
Björn Nykvist

Team Leader: Energy and Industry Transitions; Senior Research Fellow

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