The need to effectively manage sustainability or environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in the naval sector is growing due to the rising carbon emissions and the importance of social governance in the sector.

The manufacturing of naval defence platforms requires raw materials, including rare minerals and produces a significant amount of carbon emissions. The defence industry and military organisations are under pressure to find a way to reduce emissions while conducting their operations more sustainably.

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Using its experience in the sector, Naval Technology has listed some of the leading companies providing products and services related to ESG in naval warfare.

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ESG challenges in naval warfare

Sustainable fuel

Military organisations find it difficult to curb carbon emissions due to the high consumption of fossil fuels by naval vessels, warships, and submarines. An alternative to using fossil fuels is nuclear power, although it raises the issue of radioactive waste from the vessels contaminating the oceans.

The industry is under pressure to accelerate the research and development of more efficient engines and fuels that can reduce emissions. Sustainable fuels produced from forestry or agricultural wastes, biomass, algae, and municipal solid wastes are being tested, but their full-scale development and adoption are still in the nascent stage.

Supply chain and labour force management

The production of naval weapons, vessels and platforms is resource-intensive and requires the utilisation of rare minerals found only in some parts of the world and intensive labour resources. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the defence industry to the challenges of securing resources across their supply chain.

A stronger commitment to social sustainability from defence organisations is required by gaining full visibility and control over supply chains to reduce the reliance on certain geographies for material resources. Companies also need to commit to human rights and the health and safety of their labour force by protecting them against exploitation and exposure to infectious diseases such as the coronavirus.

Social responsibility

Military organisations and defence companies need to recognise the importance of supporting small businesses. The US government already includes a federal contracting programme that limits competition for certain contracts to small businesses, which are often minority-owned or situated in disadvantaged locations.

Supporting such businesses stimulates economic development and job growth in local communities.