Ministry of Defence Tackle's Climate Change

The Armed Forces has announced that it will be "doing its bit to address climate change" by implementing a Sustainable Procurement Strategy.

Several high-tech measures were included in the strategy, which aims to reduce fuel costs and prolong the life of the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) equipment.

Lord Drayson, minister for strategic defence acquisition reform, commented: "Climate change, resource depletion and energy competition are likely to contribute to future instability and conflict ? making sustainable procurement an important defence issue."

He added that the Armed Forces will be able to address the causes of climate change and improve its ability to operate in "hostile environments" by "reducing reliance on fossil fuels and other scarce resources".

The report also outlined several ways in which the MOD had already improved its energy efficiency.

These included painting the hull of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal with a hydro-dynamic paint which improves fuel efficiency by nine per cent.

Engine upgrades to Puma helicopters were also highlighted as they could improve energy efficiency by 25 per cent while also providing a higher level of power to the vehicles.

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