DEFNET is an informal, expert-level, group comprising mainly of environmental focal-points and specialists from the Ministries of Defence (MODs) of EU Member States.
DEFNET helps MODs to improve their environmental performance and analyse and share solutions to problems, developing benchmarks, common standards and consensus positions where beneficial.
DEFNET helps MODs ensure that defence interests are appreciated during the development of European environmental legislation, through provision and exchange of technical information, thereby contributing to better legislation.
DEFNET helps MODs to meet the requirements of sustainibility and environmental legislation that is in place."
DEFNET tries to improve the quality of environmental legislation in the EU by bringing in defence interests early so that this will not lead to problems in the implementation of EU legislation.
DEFNET liaises with different NATO working groups in the field of environment and sustainability.