Essex Fire Authority is committed to reducing its environmental impact on Essex and working towards sustainable development in its operations.
Since 2007 ECFRS has had a set of targets for reducing CO2 and our negative impact on the environment. In 2009 the following updated targets were agreed:
- Reduction of ECFRS carbon footprint by 80% from the 2006 baseline by 2050
- Intermediate targets of a 20% reduction in carbon footprint by 2015, and 30% by 2020
- Hold total electricity consumption below 3 Giga Watt hours
- Reduce total gas consumption to 6 Giga Watt hours by 2015
- 50% reduction of waste to landfill on 2006 figures by 2015
- Reduce diesel consumption by 10% from 2006 figures by 2015
All new buildings to achieve a zero carbon standard by 2018
Progress towards these targets has been substantial, but there is still some way to go.
In 2011 the Service participated in the Carbon Trust’s Public Sector Carbon Management Programme and produced a five year Carbon Management Plan containing costed and quantified projects to achieve the targets.
ECFRS has invested in improving its property portfolio and trialled new technologies to reduce the Carbon Footprint. There are now a number of sites with solar panels to heat water, ground source and air source heat pumps, solar PV and a wind turbine in addition to the sites with improved thermal and water efficiency.
A dedicated group of staff from all areas of the organisation meet quarterly to monitor and evaluate how these technologies work and recommend cases for further installation.