Defense Solar Farm demonstrates no area of government is immune to the Greening Agenda, says GlobalData

Following today’s news (29 September) that the British Army has opened its first solar farm at the Defence Training School of Transport in Leconfield;

Daniel Morris, Lead Analyst at GlobalData Aerospace, Defence and Security, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view:

“The MoD has been pushing ahead with a number of programs since the UK Government announced the goal of achieving net zero emissions in 2019. Such efforts include Project Prometheus, which looks to launch solar farms across a number of MoD sites. While the MoD is certainly making a lot of noise about its efforts to go green, it will have a harder time than other UK departments.

“While other areas of government can adopt renewables at pace, the MoD will struggle to offset its carbon output to a great extent, as the technology is simply a long way from being ready to replace. Operations will continue to rely heavily on fossil fuels for energy especially in aviation where capabilities will outweigh desire to go green. The Royal Navy submarines are nuclear powered, but the surface fleet rely on fossil fuels and will do for the next half century at least.

“Efforts to use sustainable fuels would require international collaboration, as these supplies need to be interoperable with allies. The UK could pressure other nations, but, realistically, this will require collaboration at a NATO level.

“The £200m investment in solar farms over the next ten years is commendable, but the MoD will need to invest further in emerging technology if it wants to support the UK net zero goal. However, concentrating on facilities and the built estate is one area of clear immediate opportunity given that the MoD is one the largest landholder in the UK”

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