As the UN marks World Environment Day today (5 June) we have a number of facilities and initiatives working to limit our impact on the world around us.
New arrays of solar panels are helping to reduce the constabulary’s carbon emissions and cut our electricity bills.
The panels on a number of roofs at our Portishead headquarters (HQ) as well as a vehicle workshop in Avonmouth and our new training facility in Clevedon will help us to reduce our annual carbon emissions by more than 140 tonnes. The panels will also help to cut our electricity bill at HQ which currently stands at more than £45,000 a month.
Solar panels are just one way we are reducing our impact on the environment and protecting frontline resources by reducing running costs. The solar arrays join three biomass boilers
at HQ and another solar array on The Bridewell in Bristol.
As well as changes to our buildings, the force has also made significant efforts to encourage more sustainable travel by staff and officers.
As a result, the Sustainable Travel Plan for HQ has scooped silver accreditation from TravelWest, a joint sustainable transport group comprising South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City and North Somerset Councils.
The award recognises that we’ve made significant progress in implementing measures aimed
at reducing the environment and congestion impact of our travel activities. Initiatives have included a substantial increase in the number of car share spaces at HQ as well as other incentives to encourage our staff to commute more sustainably.