Climate Change is a threat to every part of society, and Defence is no different. Even if net zero targets are met and we’re able to hold global temperature increases to +1.5 degrees, the world will look and feel very different. The MOD may face conflict in new areas, with new adversaries and be forced to fight in different ways. Given the long lead times for some of our capabilities, we must also be prepared for global temperatures to be +2-4 degrees, which could fundamentally and radically change the operating environment we currently know.
To maintain operation advantage in a climate changed world, Defence will need to harness innovation to adapt and mitigate the key risks associated with climate change. Right through from assessing and predicting the problem space, to delivering solutions that will keep our battle winning edge.