Costain's Professor Guides NATO on Climate Change Impact

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Synopsis

Costain's Professor Julian Hasinski leads a groundbreaking NATO study to address climate change effects on defense strategies. Collaborating with a team of 25 defense contractors, including BAE Systems and Thales, the study will advise NATO on adapting to climate impacts, examining asset resilience, fuel policies, and mitigation strategies.

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Costain’s Professor Julian Hasinski has been appointed to steer NATO’s inaugural study focused on understanding and addressing the ramifications of climate change within the defense realm. This pivotal initiative, helmed by the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG), endeavors to evaluate how NATO should adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change, essentially future-proofing its assets and operational strategies.

Professor Hasinski will lead a 25-member strong Study Team, comprising defense contractors from various NATO nations like BAE SYSTEMS, Thales, and Leonardo. Over the next year, this collaborative effort aims to delve into NATO's diverse assets and platforms across land, air, and maritime domains. The study will scrutinize the resilience and interoperability of crucial elements like aircraft, weaponry, and communication systems, proposing strategies for both mitigating climate impacts and adapting to them.

A key focus of the study revolves around NATO’s fuel policies, crucial for operational sustainability. With nations transitioning towards net-zero emissions, the landscape of available fuels is poised for a significant shift. Adapting NATO’s fuel requirements to align with future sustainability goals becomes paramount to ensuring operational effectiveness.

Bob Anstey OBE, Costain's defense & nuclear sector director, emphasized the urgency to invest in sustainable solutions amidst the climate challenge. The NATO initiative represents a global collaboration aimed at addressing this urgency and signifies Costain's expertise in solving intricate problems sustainably.

The NIAG undertakes annual research programs supporting NATO's endeavors, with selected studies addressing critical issues. This year's focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation was championed by the UK NATO delegation, recognizing its significance for NATO's future capabilities.

Sir Stuart Atha, Director of Defence Capability at BAE Systems, lauded Professor Julian Hasinski's leadership, highlighting the crucial role he plays in the UK NIAG team and emphasizing Costain's invaluable support.

Professor Julian Hasinski, a seasoned consultant at Costain, brings over two decades of experience in the defense sector and a wealth of expertise through his extensive involvement in NATO studies. This latest study marks his second stint as a chair, following his leadership in a 2020 study on Submarine Warfare Preparedness.

The group convened earlier this year at Costain's Maidenhead headquarters, and their interim findings are slated to be presented at the CNAD Climate conference in April 2024.

Conclusion:

Professor Julian Hasinski's leadership in guiding this pioneering NATO study underscores Costain's commitment to addressing climate change's impact on defense strategies. The collaboration between defense experts from multiple nations reflects a concerted effort to future-proof NATO's assets and operations in the face of climate challenges.

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