Blast and jet engine noise, air emissions, batteries and other electronic wastes can all contribute to the wastes associated with military operations. When activities are associated with forward operating bases, emissions related to burning or incineration of waste can contribute to air emissions. Our efforts are focused on reducing or understanding the extent of military emissions, whether that means reducing noise, eliminating solvents, designing sustainable fabrics or improving recycling technologies for electronics or metal waste or plastics.


SERDP and ESTCP are developing and demonstrating composite materials that offer a number of performance advantages when compared to metals. 

Textiles & Fibers

SERDP and ESTCP are investigating alternative means of providing fibers and textiles that meet DoD requirements but do not result in hazardous releases of chemicals. Learn More...

Waste to Energy

SERDP and ESTCP are developing waste-treatment methods to recycle valuable materials and to recover energy from materials that are incinerated or combusted. Learn More...

Refrigeration Technologies

SERDP and ESTCP support efforts to analyze and quantify emissions from weapons systems, platforms, or ordnance items used as intended or discharged during demilitarization.