The Swedish Armed Forces and the Environment

Solving the environmental challenges that Sweden faces requires commitment from society as a whole, and this includes the Swedish Armed Forces. This is why we are aware of, and seek to limit, the environmental impact of our operations.

Photo: David Gernes/Swedish Armed Forces

The Swedish Parliament has adopted 16 national objectives relating to the environment – including areas such as air quality, acidification, and biodiversity – which are to be met by 2020. The government has tasked the Swedish Armed Forces to support these efforts. Consequently, our operations are characterised by respect for the environment, whether we are planning or conducting operations or exercises in Sweden or abroad.

The Swedish Armed Forces' environmental policy, which outlines ways we can minimise environmental impact, is the most important guide in our day-to-day environmental work, which is also underpinned by personnel training, demands on other bodies that we work with, and performance evaluation.

Every year, we publish a report that details our efforts in the environmental sphere. The report also assesses the environmental impact of our operations.

Facts

The objectives of the Swedish Armed Forces for ecological sustainable development
To be reported semi-annually and annually.

1. Reduced energy consumption* Key ratios: [kWh/m2]

The Swedish Armed Forces is to reduce its electricity and heat consumption by 10% up until 2015 compared to the consumption in 2011. All organisational units are to produce action plans in order to reduce their energy consumption. The objective is reported quantitatively by the Swedish Fortifications Agency and qualitatively by the organisational units through action plans.

2. Reduced proportion of non-recycled waste* Key ratios: [%]

The Swedish Armed Forces is to reduce its proportion of non-recycled waste by 5% up until 2015 compared to the proportion in 2013.

All organisational units are to produce action plans in order to reduce their proportion of non-source-sorted waste fractions. The objective is reported quantitatively by FMLOG (Armed Forces Logistics) and qualitatively by the organisational units through action plans.

3. Environmental considerations for exercises and operations* Key ratios: [%]

For all exercises and operations, domestic and international, the order must include an environmental annex. It is the person responsible for planning an operation or exercise who is to ensure that an environmental annex exists. This is applicable to all operations and to exercises in the form of LIVEX and KFÖ (military unit exercise). The objective is reported by the organisational units.