Climate change & the military

Military activities make a major contribution to carbon emissions, yet they are often excluded from emissions inventories and emissions targets. In addition, military activities often compete for resources - including scientists and engineers - with essential climate sectors such as cleaner energy and energy conservation. Furthermore, climate change can increase the risk of conflict, and military responses are often prioritised over those measures which can tackle the roots of conflict.

SGR has long been concerned about these issues and our key outputs can be viewed in this section.

SGR's project work in this area focuses on: military carbon emissions; comparisons between resources used for military activities and those used for tackling climate change; and the links between climate change and conflict.