The Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate

The Role of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008

Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and Conference Center

17 Boulevard Saint-Jacques, Paris

3-5 November 2008

One of the great untold stories of environmental success is the role of the military in assuring the success of the Montreal Protocol. The full story is told in "Technology Transfer for the Ozone Layer: Lessons for Climate Change" by Stephen Andersen, Madhava Sarma and Kristen Taddonio. The military worldwide not only found ways of avoiding ozone depleting substances in their own weapons, they also led research into ways of reducing use of such chemicals in civilian life. Central to this effort were a series of five conferences culminating with a workshop in Brussels in February 2001. Now the same team, led by Stephen Andersen of the US Environmental Protection Agency, have turned their attention to what the military can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is a conference that should be attended by parliamentarians, policy makers and all those who recognise the urgency of the climate challenge.

The workshop is organised in Paris by the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) in partnership with US DOD, UNEP, the Institute for Environmental Security, US EPA, OSCE, the Institute for Defence Analysis and the ENVSEC Initiative, on 3 - 5 November 2008. This workshop, which is scheduled to complement the EU Member States Defence Environmental Network (DEFNET) meeting (6-7 November), is part of the wider IES Programme on "Climate Change and International Security" (CCIS). 



List of Participants


IES Programme on Climate Change and International Security (CCIS)

IES Programme on Climate Change and the Military (CCTM)