Costain systems guru leads Nato study on climate change

Fuel requirements will be a major focus of the study. Photograph shows Turkish Phantom II fighter-bombers on a Nato exercise in December (Photograph courtesy of Nato)
Costain’s Professor Julian Hasinski has been selected to chair Nato’s first ever study into how the group should mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The study led by the Nato Industrial Advisory Group will advise Nato on the operational changes needed to respond to climate change and the investments needed to future-proof its assets.

Over the next year, Hasinski will lead the study team consisting of 25 defence contractors from Nato nations, including BAE Systems, Thales, and Leonardo.

They’ll examine Nato’s assets, platforms, and interoperability across sea, air and land, including aircraft, weapons, and radio systems.

Picked by peers

Hasinski, a systems consultant at Costain with more than 20 years experience in the defence industry, was picked as chair by a panel of his industry peers.

This will be his ninth Nato study, and the second he has chaired. In 2020 he chaired one on submarine warfare preparedness. 

He also took part in a 2008-09 study on the regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles.

The climate study group met for the first time earlier this year at Costain’s Maidenhead headquarters.

Interim findings will be offered to the Conference of National Armaments Directors Climate conference in April 2024.

Full tank of what?

Costain said an important finding of the latest study would be about how Nato adapts its fuel requirements.

Currently the 31-member organisation has a single fuel policy but, as nations move towards net zero, they expect fuels to vary.

“Infrastructure and operations across the world face a huge challenge from climate change,” said Bob Anstey OBE, defence and nuclear sector director at Costain.

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