Our environmental corporate objectives
As part of the Service’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026, 4 Strategic Aims were developed, setting out the Service’s direction for the next five years. These aims, Our People, Our Communities, Our Environment and Our Future, help ensure we continue to deliver the best possible service to our communities.
Under the ‘Our Environment’ Improvement and Well-being Objective, we aim to continually improve our environmental performance, and the impact the Service has on the environment, through both operational activities and everyday duties.
We will continue to strive to reduce our carbon emissions and continue with our research into green sustainable renewable technology for our fleet and buildings. We will encourage behaviour change, ownership and accountability of energy consumption at all Service locations and provide awareness training on energy conservation and promote energy saving initiatives for use in the workplace and at home. We will monitor and report on Scope 3 emissions and continue to look for collaboration opportunities to improve our impact on the environment.
What we're doing to meet our goals
The Service has aligned itself with the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which places a legal responsibility on Statutory Organisations to actively consider the effect of their activities and how they could impact on future residents of the planet.
The Service reports annually on our 4 Strategic Aims within the Service Improvement and Wellbeing Objectives Annual Assessment. This Report identifies how we have contributed to the Well-being goals for the previous year as set out within the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
Visit our Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 page for more information or visit the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 website (opens in a new window/tab)
In Spring 2020, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service published our first Section 6 duty under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 Report (PDF, 3.33Mb). which was required under Part 1, Section 6 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016. This report outlined what we as a Service are doing to protect and enhance biodiversity on our land and through our activities.
An updated Report is required to be published every 3 years to highlight progress. To help the Service work towards the objectives within this S6 Report, a Biodiversity Action Plan 2020- 2023, was also published with 5 main objectives aimed at guiding the Service to enhance and encourage biodiversity across our estate.
Read our first Biodiversity Action Plan (PDF, 3.56Mb)
In May 2021, Welsh Government published guidance for achieving neutral carbon emissions in the Welsh Public Sector Organisations by 2030. This encompassed a detailed Net Zero Carbon Emissions reporting approach for all Welsh Public Sector Organisations to complete, to provide a baseline to work with moving forward. This Reporting template will be used annually to monitor emissions and we will be able to align our data gathering for the Services Annual Environmental Report.
The Green Dragon Environmental Standard is a voluntary obligation which awards accreditation to Organisation’s that are taking action to understand, monitor and control their impacts on the environment. In 2014, the Service achieved Level 5, which is the highest level available, and comparable to ISO 14001:2015.
In February 2022, the Service successfully maintained Level 5, Green Dragon accreditation for the 8th year in a row through a 2 day external audit which comprised of legislation, procedure and document review and site visits.
The Standard shows we are committed to managing the impact our activities have on the environment and shows we are aware and actively working towards reducing this impact. We understand and work within our environmental responsibilities and are committed to continually improving our footprint on the environment.
It provides externally verified assurance to our Stakeholders and interested parties that our environment practices, processes and procedures are effective and compliant with all relevant legislation.
For further information on the Green Dragon certification, please visit the Green Dragon Website here.
Environmental Management Review