We will work towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation.

This objective aligns to the following Commitments

Why is this important?

We know that minimising our impact on the environment and enhancing the ways we can improve it is the right thing to do. Working towards becoming a carbon neutral organisation will help us to reduce our impact on the environment and enable us to become a more sustainable Fire & Rescue Service.

Becoming more aware of the direct and indirect impact we have on our environment  will help us to reduce our carbon footprint. Whether it is changing the way we deliver our operational activities, undertaking initiatives for energy conservation or working with suppliers with carbon neutrality in their ethos, we need to play our part to protect our planet and safeguard future generations

We want to work with our communities to understand their environmental needs in order to have the right level of impact and ensure the best outcomes for all. Encouraging and enhancing the natural environment, biodiversity and habitats on our estate will both promote a healthy ecosystem, improve local air quality as well as   help to improve our employees’ health and mental wellbeing.

What are we going to do?

We are going to:

  • Undertake a data gathering exercise to establish our carbon footprint baseline.
  • Identify opportunities to capture and monitor our carbon usage, including that of our suppliers.
  • Develop agile working arrangements supported by staff engagement initiatives that promote a reduction in carbon use within the workplace.
  • Explore opportunities to measure the amount of water being used at operational incidents.
  • Undertake initiatives to encourage the formation of wildlife habitats across our estate.
  • Utilise staff engagement to gather feedback on how our carbon reduction aims are working.
  • Work with partners to enable them to support and deliver upon our environmental strategy. Educate our firefighters to make decisions at operational incidents that go further in minimising our environmental impact.

How will we know we have improved?

  • Seeing both a reduction and levelling off in our annual carbon and water usage.
  • Successful data capture and monitoring of our usage to enable us to develop initiatives which continue to reduce our carbon footprint. Improvements being made to the way in which we manage operational incidents to protect the natural environment.
  • An increase in wildlife habitat and biodiversity initiatives across the Service’s estate.
  • Feedback from external bodies and external stakeholders on our performance against our Environmental Strategy.

 

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