What is Net Zero Energy, Water, and Waste?

A Net Zero Energy, Water, and Waste is a holistic strategy founded on long-standing sustainable practices and incorporates emerging best practices to manage energy, water, and solid waste at military installations. The intent of the Net Zero initiative is to enhance mission effectiveness and increase installation resiliency.

Net Zero installation applies an integrated approach to the energy, water, and solid waste management based on the reduction, reuse, and recovery of waste streams, and on converting those waste streams into resource values. This vision implies the development of a long term Energy, Water, and Waste management components of an installation's master plan. It is recognized that the ultimate achievement of 100% of the Net Zero goals during the expected time frame will take careful planning and coordination of limited financial and human resources available to the installation. Nevertheless, the Net Zero principles, strategy, and integrated approach will help to significantly reduce the use of installations’ natural resources, and will demonstrate to the Ministries of Defense of NATO´s member state´s that national Net Zero projects can guide the way to meeting their national energy and sustainability goals.

Net Zero is important to all NATO countries for the following reasons:

  • It aligns with the roadmap to foster a more adaptable and resilient force that is prepared for a future defined by complexity, uncertainty, adversity, and rapid change.
  • It directly supports NATO´s strategy, which considers energy security and resilience of its fixed installations as major requirements for the planning of energy, water, and waste systems for its buildings and communities.
  • It supports national regulations in NATO member countries.
  • It provides role models for other Federal, public, and commercial sectors in the USA and in Europe and supports European Building Performance Directive targeted CO2-neutral building stock until 2050.
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