When searching for information on this topic, potentially useful keywords to use include :
- operational energy
- energy efficiency + military
- military + fuel consumption
- military + energy strategy
- green military
This LibGuide includes links to content found on the web (e.g. websites, news & blogs, reports, etc.) as well as a select number of articles and books available from the NATO Multimedia Library.
Please note that this is not a comprehensive collection of material on Smart Energy. The selection criteria for the websites and documents included was based on each item's currency and relevancy to this topic. Please do not hesitate to contact us for suggestions for all types of information on Smart Energy that can make this LibGuide more comprehensive.
Furthermore, quick search boxes for online databases subscribed by the Library (available to staff working at NATO HQ) as well as links to the library catalog are available for you to locate additional resources.
Welcome to the LibGuide Smart Energy!
This LibGuide serves as a central information sharing platform for the topical field of energy efficiency and effectiveness in the military at NATO, henceforth called "Smart Energy".
Furthermore, this LibGuide is an integral deliverable of the
NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) project "Smart Energy Team" (SENT).
SENT fulfils the role of a steering group to draw together ongoing national and multinational activities on energy efficiency and effectiveness in the military, henceforth referred to as Smart Energy, which otherwise are likely to remain disconnected. As a NATO SPS project, SENT gives added value to the topic of Smart Energy by
formulating recommendations for concrete Smart Defence projects and SPS activities
linking activities and expertise on smart energy (national and multinational)
facilitating information sharing and best practices
facilitating standardisation and interoperability
Hence, the contribution of this LibGuide to the work of the SENT is to offer a convenient and central forum for the exchange of information on Smart Energy, especially for the subject matter experts who comprise the SENT. It further increases the visibility of Smart Energy in general and the achievements of the SENT in particular.
SENT also receives strong support of the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Energy efficiency and effectiveness in the military, Smart Energy, has gained considerable prominence among several nations. With the financial crisis affecting defence budget in unprecedented ways, it becomes an imperative to ensure a sophisticated level of military competence that requires a stable provision of energy. Taking into account that Smart Energy not only saves money but also improves operational capabilities and increases security in operational theatre, some Allies and NATO partner nations have already made great strides in developing Smart Energy projects.
Smart Energy was included as a new topic in the NATO Chicago Summit Declaration (Art. 52) in May 2012:
We will continue to consult on energy security and further develop the capacity to contribute to energy security, concentrating on areas where NATO can add value. To this end, we will work towards significantly improving the energy efficiency of our military forces...
The topical field of Smart Energy is embedded in the work of the Energy Security Section of the NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division. The "Report to the Heads of State and Government on Progress Achieved in the Area of Energy Security" further specifies the activities of the Energy Security Section on Smart Energy in close cooperation with other NATO divisions and other NATO bodies.
For further information on the role of energy security at NATO, please refer to the NATO LibGuide Energy Security.
Seminar on Smart Energy, organised by the NATO Emerging Security Challenges (ESC) and the Public Diplomacy Division (PDD), 5 March 2012
Article by Kevin Rosner on "Smart Energy is Smart Defence" (19 April 2012)
Journal "Energy Security Forum" Vol 1 (4), March 2012 with articles on Smart |Defence and Energy Security
[NB: the "Report to the Heads of State and Government on Progress Achieved in the Area of Energy Security" (May 2012) is a classified (confidential) document]