NATO: Soldiers lives can be saved by renewable energy

NATO wants to reduce the risk of its soldiers in war-torn zones by increasing its investment on renewable energy.  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) released an annual report on the role of clean energy in risky environment. “Climate change affects not only the natural environment but the security environment as well. NATO is working to improve the energy efficiency of its forces and increase the use of renewable energy in the military.” 

 “Smart Energy solutions can not only save money when less fuel is used, but can also save soldiers’ lives, and help improve the mobility, as well as the resilience and endurance of military forces.” 

Transporting fuel to war zones is extremely risky, often leading to casualties. Around 3000 American soldiers were either killed/wounded in Afghanistan while protecting fuels and water supplying convoys between 2003 and 2007. Fossil fuel dependency is a major problem for NATO. In fact, more than 50% of the military fund spent for its deployed forces are on fossil fuels. The worst thing about fuel truck is that once it is attacked, it explodes and keeps on burning but incase of solar cells, the fatality is quite less. NATO is approaching more towards green energy lately. In June 2015, more than 1000 NATO soldiers joined together for a Green war game, testing solar panels, wind turbines and self powered grid.

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