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Military Emissions Gap Conference 2023

26 September 2023
University of Oxford and online

Once indirect sources are included, it is estimated that militaries are responsible for around 5.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This one day conference brings together academia, civil society and industry experts to consider how best to mitigate the military’s contribution to the climate crisis, and how to better understand the emissions footprint of armed conflicts.

Because reporting of military and conflict emissions to the UNFCCC is largely voluntary, data is often absent, incomplete or hidden – this is the military emissions gap. 

As a result of this exemption, the military sector has lagged behind in addressing its outsized contribution to the climate crisis. With militaries across the globe beginning to consider the impact that climate change will have on national security and on their operations, it is imperative that emissions reductions and decarbonisation receive equal attention. 


  • Panel 1: An overview of the military carbon footprint (9:30-11:00 BST)
  • Panel 2: From bases to bombers: assessing the military’s organisational emissions (11:15-12:45 BST)
  • Panel 3: Understanding wartime emissions: lessons from Ukraine (13:45-15:30 BST)
  • Panel 4: Military carbon footprints: how do we decarbonise? (15:45-17:15 BST)



This conference is being predominantly funded by UKRI-ESRC Concrete Impacts and is jointly organised by: 
  • Concrete Impacts
  • Conflict and Environment Observatory
  • Initiative on GHG Accounting of War
  • Scientists for Global Responsibility
  • University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations
  • QMUL, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Register to join the conference online here

Attendance in person is by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for an in-person invitation, please contact ellie(@)

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