Carbon champion award

Solar panels on the roof of the fire service property at Nova WayAvon Fire & Rescue Service was one of nine Bristol and Bath organisations to win 2012 West of England Carbon Champions Awards.

AF&RS was singled out for its site metering, boiler replacement, improved heating controls, and for introducing a pool car system which has cut business travel.

AF&RS installed automatic meter reading on gas and electricity supplies, providing half-hourly data, used for accurate billing and to identify biggest consumers, peak use and best practice.

The main contributor to AF&RS’s carbon footprint is space and water heating.

The awards noted that many old systems have been replaced with energy efficient new ones, rationalising heating hours and installing controls, with improved monitoring.

Lighting systems have been replaced with low energy fittings and light/motion sensors.

Another major success over the past year was the car pool system, which has led to the ‘casual’ mileage claims being cut by more than half.

Overall transport emissions have fallen by 13% on the previous year, equivalent to 127 tonnes of CO2.

Simon Richards, AF&RS’s Environmental and Energy Improvement Co-ordinator, said the service is not resting on any laurels and is continuing to look at ways of being more energy efficient.

Solar Photovoltaic systems have been installed at Nailsea and Nova Way, each with the potential to save over £2000 per year on energy costs.

HQ has switched to a renewable electricity supply, which cuts emissions and could save more than £6,000 on last year’s power costs.