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Regulations require that from 1st January 2009, all public buildings over 1000m2 that are accessible by members of the public must provide information about energy efficiency in the form of ‘Display Energy Certificates’ (DECs). We have ten buildings that require DECs; however, as a visible demonstration of HFRS commitment to reducing its environmental impact, DEC's will be produced for all wholetime fire stations. These will serve as reminders of the need for our built estate to be made much more energy efficient and will provide benchmarks against which any improvement (or deterioration) can be measured.
The typical rating for a fire station scores 100 or a D rating (“A” high efficiency, “G” low efficiency). So good news that all the fire stations are above the government standard. Workshops/Stores data is incomplete so had to default to a G. Service Headquarters obviously has the lowest rating and this will be addressed accordingly.
1000 hot air balloons full of carbon dioxide, is the equivalent of HFRS carbon footprint for 2007-08.
As a fire service we have emitted 3,140 tones of carbon dioxide (tCO²) from our buildings (gas and electric consumption) and 1,867 tCO² from fuel (bunker, card fuel purchases and business mileage), thus making our total carbon footprint of 5,007 tCO²
Royal Berkshire has 20 fire stations, 10 wholetime and 10 retained with 600 fire fighters in total. Their carbon footprint totalled 2,014 tCO²
West Midlands has 40 fire stations, 39 wholetime and 1 retained with 2450 staff in total. Their carbon footprint, excluding business miles totalled 10,024 tCO²
With a target of reducing our carbon footprint by 20% by 2012, how can you help to achieve this ?
The easiest and most effective way would be to switch things off that are not in use.