Two emergency services have been honoured for their green credentials in North Tyneside.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police have achieved gold standard in the Green North Tyneside Carbon Reduction Awards scheme.
The initiative, established by the Green North Tyneside Partnership, ensures participants become aware of energy and carbon reduction opportunities.
Tynemouth and Wallsend community fire stations and the police’s North Tyneside headquarters in Wallsend have enlisted staff as green champions, changed light bulbs to high-efficiency LED bulbs, and ensured electrical appliances are switched off when not in use.
Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “We’re working extremely hard to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint by 20 per cent within the next seven years, and although we are committed to achieving this ambitious target, we cannot do it alone.”
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service area manager Kevin Hepple said: “I am delighted the service has achieved the gold standard.
“As a public service, it is vitally important that we play our part in implementing real and effective measures to improve the environment, cut our carbon emissions and reduce our operating costs.”
Clare Swift, sustainable development adviser for Northumbria Police, added: “This is an excellent achievement for the force.
“The gold standard rating achieved is not only a reflection of the force’s clear commitment to the sustainability agenda, but also sets a benchmark for the future.”