We are setting ourselves ambitious targets to play our part in tackling global sustainability issues.
We have launched a consultation on our Environmental Sustainability Plan 2021 – 2024 and are seeking feedback on the areas we are considering, helping us reach our goal of being carbon neutral by 2036. Find out more and take part by clicking here.
Our Plan gives an overview of the various areas of work needed to achieve a sustainable environment for many years to come. It also builds on areas the Service has already implemented, such as two years ago we switched from providing plastic bottled water on our fire engines and firefighting training to providing our staff with a refillable water bottle. To date we have avoided buying 50,000 bottles, about 500kg of plastic which could either end in landfill or recycling processes.
Other areas we have improved our sustainability are:
- Installing energy saving lighting and motion sensor lighting in our buildings.
- Moving away from single portions of tea and coffee supplies, including milk from our meeting room facilities.
- Switching to a 100% renewable electricity provider.
- Investing in our vehicles, including 3 electric vans to replace diesel vans which travel across the region.
- Reducing our non-emergency service vehicles by 20% after looking at their usage.
Our consultation closes on Friday 18 February 2022 at 12 noon.