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Oct 6 2022

NSPA completes disposal of over 700 Italian Armoured Personnel Carriers

LUXEMBOURG - The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has completed the demilitarisation, dismantling and disposal of 722 M-113 Armoured Personnel Carriers from the Italian Army. The project has generated over 3 million euros of net revenue to Italy and contributed to saving 41,000 tones of CO2.

The vehicles were demilitarised following the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. This required irreversible deformation or cutting of critical components to avoid their reuse. The activities included professional identification, removal and treatment of hazmat, applying best practices related to environmental protection and health and safety standards, with the goal of maximising revenue from scrap materials.

Further to the disposal, the recovered ferrous and non-ferrous metals, which constituted 90% of the vehicles, were recycled without losing quality, contributing to the circular economy and climate protection. In addition, the sale of over eight million kilos of recovered scrap material on the global scrap metal market has generated a net revenue of 3 million euros to Italy.

Total savings after recycling 722 M-113 Armoured Personnel Carriers*

NSPA completes disposal of over 700 Italian Armoured Personnel Carriers
* Estimated environmental contribution of this D3 project in accordance with the recycling industry parameters.

Note: CO2 is one of the main Greenhouse Gases causing the greenhouse effect. The Paris Agreement called for limiting global warming below 2°C – ideally 1.5°. To meet these goals, global CO2 emissions need to be reduced by 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels, and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Through the Demilitarization, Dismantling and Disposal (D3) Support Partnership, the Agency can contribute to NATO Nations' effort in reducing the military carbon footprint by saving primary resources, energy, and CO2 and decreasing the raw materials and fossil fuels dependency. NSPA provides tailored D3 expertise, strategic planning and execution through a global contractor framework readily available for all NSPA customers. Such support is also available to other NATO nations and partners.

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