Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
146 Bolton Road
Tel: 0161 736 5866
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Ultimately we aim to have no carbon footprint by averting more Greenhouse Gases than we produce. However, to start with we must cut the carbon footprint of our own buildings and activities.
Since 2009 we have been making changes to our stations to reduce the amount of electricity and gas they use. Some stations have been completely rebuilt to modern energy efficient standards, for example Bury Fire Station which now uses 90% less gas than the station it replaced. Our newest building, Rochdale Fire Station, is now the highest BREEAM rated station in the country, with more than 50% of its water from rainfall. It has an A+ rated Energy Performance Certificate, meaning that (in carbon terms) it makes more energy than it consumes. 20 of our sites now have solar panels generating enough electricity to power the needs of eight fire stations for a year! We are replacing old lighting with new LEDs across our sites and will continue to implement energy saving measures to further reduce the amount of electricity and gas we use.
We are always looking for ways to reduce the quantity of fuel we use in our fleet vehicles and one way we have been able to do this is by upgrading our fire engines to lighter versions. At three quarters of a tonne lighter per engine, a 3% saving on fuel has been made on each vehicle within the last 10 years which adds up to a significant reduction in their carbon emissions. In 2016 we have also introduced electric Community Safety vans into our fleet which have zero emissions.
Collectively these measures have enabled us to reduce our carbon emissions by 36% since 2008/09. This means we are on track to achieve our target of a 50% reduction by 2020.