Sustainability in the Global Defense Industry 2011–2012: Market Trends and Opportunities, Forecast of Budgets and Profitability, Defense Industry Proc

25 Oct 2011 • by Natalie Aster

London – From the survey results, it is clear that, for most respondents, sustainability is an important priority in the defense industry, necessary to attract environmentally conscious customers, compete for major contracts and comply with governmental and international legislation. According to the report “Sustainability in the Global Defense Industry 2011–2012: Market Trends and Opportunities, Forecast of Budgets and Profitability, Defense Industry Procurement and Marketing Initiatives” by iCD Research, this is reflected by the fact that, on average, respondents expect to allocate 34% of their procurement budgets to sustainability initiatives over the next 12 months and anticipate an average cost saving of 7% of organizational expenditure as a result of these initiatives.

In terms of supplier selection, the most important factors identified by respondents were effective health and safety (EHS) management systems, reduction of green house gas (GHG) emissions and use of recyclable or reusable product components. Survey respondents also identified the USA, Germany and India to be the most promising markets for defense sustainability.

Report Details:

Sustainability in the Global Defense Industry 2011–2012: Market Trends and Opportunities, Forecast of Budgets and Profitability, Defense Industry Procurement and Marketing Initiatives
Published: September, 2011
Pages: 148
Price: US$ 2,000.00

Sustainability measures are substantially implemented in functions such as ‘planning, design and engineering process’, ‘risk management’ and ‘maintenance operations’ in defense organizations. Most sustainable initiatives are highly successful when implemented in the early stages of any project, as they have a direct impact on life-cycle costs. For example, according to the Unified Facilities Criteria developed by the US Department of Defense (DOD), it is mandatory to implement sustainability in the planning and programming stage of the development of any facility for military personnel. These criteria establish project sustainability development goals and define processes to achieve them. They also have a well laid-out environmental impact statement and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project checklist to ensure compliance with sustainability factors.

Sustainability in Business Functions: Buyers, 2011–2012

Sustainability in Business Functions: Buyers, 2011-2012


The US has a small but growing proportion of its defense budget dedicated towards sustainability. With its intention to play a crucial role, the US DOD issued a green procurement policy in 2004 which was last updated in November 2008. The policy guides the department’s civilian and military personnel on procuring products and services that benefit the government. The policy outlined a strategy designed to satisfy such requirements along with metrics for measuring progress.

As most defense organizations own multiple buildings and bases, converting these facilities to meet energy efficient standards may help these organizations to attain significant cost savings and reduce GHG and carbon emissions. For example, Department of National Defence (DND) Canada, which owns 21,000 buildings, has integrated green building concepts with the design processes of construction plans. Assessment tools such as LEED and Green Globes Design are used to check compliance with green concepts. This shows that all suppliers who provide construction services to defense suppliers need to comply with these practices, as demand for such facilities is expected to rise in the next five years.

More information can be found in the report “ Sustainability in the Global Defense Industry 2011–2012: Market Trends and Opportunities, Forecast of Budgets and Profitability, Defense Industry Procurement and Marketing Initiatives” by iCD Research.

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