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Environmental Management System



In November 2004 we became the first UK Fire service to achieve registration to ISO 14001:2004 for our Environmental Management System. This applies specifically to our HQ, Training & Development Academy and Croxteth Community Fire Station. Two further audits of the system have subsequently been undertaken, the next being due in December 2007.

The Environmental Policy - has committed us to continually improving our environmental performance through the use of an �Environmental Management System� (EMS). This has helped us to bring together many new and existing environmental initiatives, such as:
  • Waste minimisation. 
  • Double glazing, roof and boiler replacement programmes. 
  • Introduction of site specific travel plans to help employees get to work without relying on the car. 
  • Use of a procurement policy which helps evaluate the performance of suppliers, in relation to health, safety & the environment. 
  • Quantifying consumption of energy, water and production of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The EMS helps us to manage all these initiatives and more, in a systematic and cost effective way, whilst also working towards continuous improvement.

The Register of Legislation � identifies and records all environmental legislation and other obligations applicable to the organisation to ensure compliance.

The Register of Environmental Aspects/Impacts � is a comprehensive analysis of the organisation�s impact on the environment through its activities. It works in conjunction with the register of legislation by identifying where improvement is required or has been met to ensure compliance. It also provides the information needed to generate the objectives and targets for the next 12 � 18 month period.

Other Requirements of the System - in addition to the basic features outlined above there are specific requirements centred on the following areas:

System Procedures � developed to control environmental impacts and key elements of the EMS � e.g. waste management, emergency response or �green purchasing� procedures etc.

Training � procedures are in place to ensure the training needs of staff who have specific responsibility or work with polluting substances.

Awareness Raising � it needs to be brought to all staff�s attention that an EMS exists and what the Service is trying to achieve in reducing its environmental impact.

Data Collection Records � for energy and fuel consumption, carbon dioxide releases, waste generated, water consumption etc.

Internal Audit Programme � periodically audit all elements of the EMS to ensure that it remains compliant and effective.

The Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change

The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority aknowledges the increasing impact that climate change will have on our community during the 21st centuary and commits to tackling the cause and the effects of the changing climate of Merseyside.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Environmental Report 2007/08 Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Environmental Report 2007/08
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Environmental Report 2007/08
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Carbon Management Plan

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