Hampshire News | Solar saving helps fire service cut carbon footprint | Andover & VillagesMORE than 1000 tonnes of carbon dioxide has been saved by Hampshire’s fire service as part of their drive to greatly reduce their impact on the environment.

The green project, launched in 2012, will also see ongoing carbon reduction that will save Hampshire taxpayers £230,000 a year, thanks to improved energy efficiency measures and use of solar panels.

The panels have been installed on several fire service buildings, including the shared headquarters with Hampshire Constabulary in Eastleigh. Further green measures, such as improved insulation and heating, have also contributed to the carbon and financial savings.

Chris Carter, Chairman of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We set out on an ambitious five-year programme to reduce the carbon footprint of our day-to-day work in a sustainable way.

“By the end of 2016-17, we were using 17% less energy than before. Given the major expansion in use of our estate over this period, these savings represent significant success.

“We have chosen to invest in the carbon management project as the Authority takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously. The financial savings also help us to protect our frontline services.”

More than £2m has been invested by the Authority in the solar panel installation and energy efficiency work.

The carbon reduction drive will continue through ongoing improvement work to buildings and the recruitment of a dedicated Energy and Sustainability Officer.

Cllr Carter said: “We are fully committed to making Hampshire the best possible place to live and we will continue to support the work in making our service one of the most environmentally-conscious in the country.”

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