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At the 2030 New Ideas Online Workshop, NATO discussed how to power tanks, ships and aircraft by using alternative energy sources such as solar panels.

Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg urged member states to “encourage your armed forces to work on low emission vehicles”. Stoltenberg proposed providing power to the main battle tanks, warplanes and ships with solar panels.


Stoltenberg said this would benefit the environment, as well as reduce dependence on fuel logistics. “NATO must do its part to investigate how it can reduce emissions from military operations. We need to examine how we can reduce these emissions using alternative fuels, solar panels and other tools,” Stoltenberg said.

A 2019 study found that the US Armed Forces “polluted” more than 140 countries. Another report in National News said the carbon emissions of abrams, the main battle tank, were equivalent to about 10 cars. The U.S. Department of Defense is the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases, the Watson Institute said in a report.

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