Green Armed Forces



1. The Hellenic Armed Forces support sustainable and lower energy consumption by implementing the Energy Triptych model, which consists of three methods:

α. Energy saving (e.g., replacing old high-intensity appliances with new low energy appliances).
b. Energy production from RES (e.g. use of solar panels for hot water production).
c. Meeting other energy needs with fossil fuels and using the latter as efficiently as possible (e.g., high energy efficiency devices and equipment).

2. The Hellenic Armed Forces seek to reduce their energy footprint in all their activities, implementing the relevant legislation on health and safety at work. In this context, they strive to ensure the maximum possible energy savings by raising their personnel’s awareness, introducing organizational changes and adopting new technologies and processes in their activities, which can offer energy efficiency and autonomy and economic and operational benefits.

3. Once all the studies required by law have been carried out, including cost-benefit analysis (CBA), the use of all forms of RES by the Hellenic Armed Forces is encouraged. The following are indicatively these forms of RES:

α. Wind power.
b. Solar – solar thermal energy.
c. Biomass and biogas.
d. Geothermal energy.
e. OceanEnergy (energy derived from the sea).
f. Hydroelectric power (rivers – lakes).
g. A combination of the above.

4. Energy is adequately managed through the rational and efficient use of existing resources. The aim is to reduce electricity consumption for heating – cooling – air conditioning, lighting and hot water supply, while ensuring comfortable indoor climatic conditions, taking into account that the buildings, especially the old ones are generally energy inefficient.

5. The Regulation on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings (KENAK) outlines the general calculation approach and all the technical specifications required to increase buildings’ energy efficiency and is taken into account when establishing technical specifications for the military buildings. In the Regulation’s implementation on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings, the system must be capable of maintaining its operational capacity over time.

6. In general, co-operation on sustainable energy production with third parties will be encouraged and facilitated, e.g. installing wind turbines or solar panels in camps.

7. Energy efficiency standards should have regional coverage and be updated regularly. The recording of energy efficiency indicators in different camps is encouraged to develop coherent energy-saving guidelines. Any such investigation will be conducted to fully account for protecting classified information and not burden the Hellenic Armed Forces operation.

8. A common “energy strategy in military operations” shall be pursued, on the one hand, to strengthen operational capacity and, on the other, to reduce energy requirements and energy dependence during the preparatory phase before any mission is carried out. Simultaneously, the impact on the environment by military operations will be minimized, and the essential social role of the Greek Armed Forces will be thus recognized.