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LFB's green projects save money and help the environment

Published on 7 June 2010
Going green inititiative of LFB has led to reduced carbon emissions and energy savings
London Fire Brigade's going green initiative has helped in preserving the enviornmental balance

Projects put in place by the London Fire Brigade have led to savings of £260,000 this year alone.

New figures announced on the eve of World Environment Day (5 June), show that London Fire Brigade's green projects are not only protecting the environment but are also saving London's taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.

With pressure growing to save both money and carbon emissions, projects put in place by the Brigade have led to savings of £260,000 this year alone – equivalent to the cost of 41,000 smoke alarms - and over £1 million since the Brigade started focussing on the need to be greener.

The Brigade is also revealing that through renewable energy and low carbon technologies it is producing nearly 5 per cent of all the energy it consumes.

Despite the organisation growing, with more firefighters, emergency vehicles and fire stations, to keep up with London's growth, overall carbon emissions are down by nearly 17 per cent on 1990s levels.

The Brigade even works with a company which has prevented tonnes of old hoses being sent to landfill by turning them into handbags, belts and wallets. London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Everyone is a winner because of this work, as we do our bit for the environment and our bank balance. The money we save is re-invested in more green technology which will lead to an even lower carbon footprint and further savings." 

Green technology in fire stations includes:

  • Photo-voltaic/solar panels, converting solar energy into electricity and hot water
  • Grey water technology, recycling rain water
  • Motion sensor lighting, so lights are not left switched on in an empty room
  • Thermostatic radiator valves, controlling the temperature of each radiator
  • Wind turbines, generating energy for the fire station

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