We're dedicated to becoming more environmentally friendly and have a Caring for the Environment strategy.
It sets out how we aim to protect the environment of Kent and Medway, as an owner of both buildings and a range of vehicles, but also when we deal with emergencies. It sets out what we would like to achieve over the next five years, and how we will know if we are being successful. It also reviews what we have done so far.
- our carbon footprint for the financial year 2016/17 was 3,126 tonnes of CO2. This was 26.5% down on our baseline year of 2008/09.
- 55% is from our buildings and 45% is from our vehicles.
- we will continue to work towards reducing our carbon footprint by 35% against our baseline year.
So how are we going to achieve this?
- continue to work towards reducing the number of fires and therefore the environmental and economic impact on residents. This has included dramatically reducing the number of false alarms attended through a change of policy which means we no longer attend automatic fire alarms.
- reviewing our operational tactics and equipment to mitigate the impact on the environment from our actions at incidents e.g. investing in new equipment such as fog spike, cold cutting equipment and combined air foam systems that use less water and cause less water damage to property.
- installing smart meters on all electricity and gas meters, have energy saving measures related to boilers, windows, insulation and lighting
- install energy saving measures on all new builds and where possible refurbished stations. 37 buildings now have solar panels installed with over 350 kW of generating power.