The Ministry of Defence has met its 18% reduction in fossil fuels consumption objective target early.
The target was to be achieved by 2020/21 and has been met through the use of behavioural analysis to reduce fuel usage.
Nia Griffith, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, asked in a Parliamentary written question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department’s 2012-2015 business plan, whether it is still his Department’s objective to reduce armed forces fossil fuel consumption by 18 per cent by 2020-21 from a 2009-10 baseline.”
Tobias Ellwood, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, answered:
“The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has already met the 18% reduction in fossil fuels consumption objective as set out in the Department’s Business Plan 2012-15. The MOD is now continuing to look for further fuel efficiencies. Information on the target and further efficiencies is available online within Section 3 of both the current Sustainable MOD Annual Report 2017-18 and the 2016-17 Report.”
Last year, to help meet this target, Dstl was tasked with understanding how the MoD can reduce energy expenditure.
Behavioural scientists in Dstl’s Defence and Security Analysis Division, working with experts from industry, looked at a variety of interventions that could change the energy behaviours of MOD’s personnel.
According to an earlier news release, some of the successes include:
- At Catterick Garrison, energy savings of 26 per cent were achieved. The total saving over five years is potentially £74,000, compared to £3,500 for the cost of the activity. That’s up to £21 saved for each £1 spent.
- Another study with the Royal Navy will help to save more than £100,000 per ship per year in fuel costs.
“This work has received high praise and is being exploited not just across Defence, but internationally too. The work was presented at the fourth European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, to a European Defence Agency Consultation Forum in Rome, and to NATO’s Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Lithuania. It will also be presented at the Behaviour, Energy and Climate Change Conference in the United States.”
The Ministry of Defence say that not only will this reduce costs, but also contribute to environmental goals.