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Posted on on August 31st, 2006
by Pincas Jawetz (

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has published its second Sustainable Development Annual Report.

The report can be found at:…

Defence objectives are fully consistent with the aspirations of sustainable development.

MoD’s sustainable development policies and processes are at an early stage of development and this report sets out the Department’s long-term sustainability objectives.

The report highlights MOD’s performance across fourteen priority themes and its continued efforts to minimise and reduce the impact that defence activities have on the environment and the wider community. Several case studies are highlighted. The report also sets out eight new additional themes.

The report also begins to set out how the Armed Forces make an ongoing contribution to sustainable development on an international scale, by strengthening international peace and security and acting as a Force for Good in the world.

Some of the positive outcomes from 2005 are:

– the increased proportion of electricity bought from renewable sources, up to 7% against a target of 10%.
– Record numbers of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) meeting the statutory conservation bodies’ standards in favourable/unfavourable-recovering condition.

The report has, once again, been verified by an independent environmental consultancy. The report is only available as a pdf.

MoD’s UK estate is about 1.5 times the size of London. MoD has locations throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The estate comprises around 4,000 sites, 50,000 houses across 240,000 hectares and MoD has rights to train over an additional 125,000 hectares.
The Defence footprint also extends beyond the UK with forces stationed in more than 20 countries including garrisons or detachments in the Falklands Islands, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Ascension Island and at Diego Garcia.

Visit to access this publication together with a further 12,000 CSR reports.