London Fire Brigade

LFB smashes carbon emissions targets

09 September 2010

A report has revealed that London Fire Brigade has smashed its own carbon reduction goals and is now setting even more challenging targets to reach before 2015, exceeding those proposed by the Mayor of London.

The Brigade originally aimed to slash carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2012 from 1990 levels, but figures presented to a Fire Authority committee show that this has been achieved a full 18 months early. Now the Authority has urged London Fire Brigade to beat the Mayor’s 22 per cent target and aim for 25 per cent reduction over the next five years.

The Committee also approved 10 fire stations to take part in the 10:10 campaign which makes a commitment to reduce carbon emissions at the buildings by 10 per cent by the end of 2011.

London Fire Brigade’s green projects are not only protecting the environment but are also saving London’s taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds every year. Initiatives and technology put in place by the Brigade have led to savings of £260,000 this year alone – equivalent to the cost of 41,000 smoke alarms - and over £1 million since the Brigade started focussing on the need to be greener.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said: “Hats off to the London Fire Brigade for reducing their carbon emissions ahead of schedule. They have saved £260,000 of taxpayers’ money this year alone by cutting CO2, showing it pays to be cleaner and greener.”

Chairman and Leader of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Councillor Brian Coleman AM, FRSA, said: “This Authority is years ahead of other organisations in recognising how lower carbon emissions can save the taxpayers’ hard earned money.

Our greener fire stations and fire engines are more efficient than ever and we will continue to cut out waste wherever we can.”

Notes for editors

o             The report was presented to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Finance and Personnel Committee at a meeting on 6 September.

o             The Mayor’s draft Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy details the proposed target of 22 per cent by 2015.

o             Fire stations green features included solar panels that turn the sun’s rays into electricity, motion censored lights and energy efficient boilers. Green champions are in place at most locations to encourage energy awareness and good practice. The Brigade’s fire engines and other vehicles comply with the Low Emission Zone and staff are encouraged to use green transport to work where possible.

o             Energy bills have also been cut by around £50,000 a year at ten fire stations involved in the Mayor of London’s RE:FIT programme. The green measures will cut energy bills at the fire stations and will mean that new green technology will pay for itself.

o             London Fire Brigade is the first participating organisation to complete the first wave of buildings in the RE:FIT scheme, which also includes Transport for London and the Met Police, and a total of 42 Greater London Authority Group buildings are being retrofitted saving 6,000 tonnes of carbon per year and £1 million off fuel bills. The Mayor has pledged another 58 buildings to the RE:FIT programme.

o             The ten stations taking part in the 10:10 campaign are Barking, Bethnal Green, Clapham, Croydon, Ealing, Kingston, Richmond, Shoreditch, Sutton and Wandsworth.