The military industry in Europe has an annual carbon footprint equivalent to the emissions of at least 14 million cars. This is stated by the study Under the Radar. The carbon footprint of the European military sectors, carried out by Stuart Parkinson, executive director of the Scientific group for Global Responsibility (SGR) and Linsey Cottrell, head of environmental policy at CEOBS, and published this Tuesday by the group of La Izquierda in the European Parliament (GUE (NGL). According to the authors, the figure they have arrived at is a “very conservative estimate, equivalent to the total vehicle emissions of Portugal, Greece and Norway combined”.
France contributes a third of the total carbon footprint of the EU’s armies, according to the report. Spain is one of the six main EU countries in military spending and made some commitments on the notification of emissions in the framework of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change).
For example, France qualifies the fuel consumption of military activities as “confidential”.
“The European Green Deal completely and deliberately ignored everything that had to do with the climate impact of militarization,” the report states. “This isn’t an oversight. It’s part of the EU narrative to entrench exceptionalism around the military and arms industry, to portray them as inherently necessary and untouchable, when in fact they contribute significantly to the climate crisis and must be addressed. Demilitarization must be part of any credible Green Deal. ”
The research also highlights that Europe is home to eight of the 30 largest corporations in the world by military sales; identifies that the French armed forces contribute to one third of the total carbon footprint of the EU armies; and estimates that Poland’s military technology industry has the highest greenhouse gas emissions.