EFFORTS to become a more environmentally friendly service were
recognised when Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, along
with the other four North West fire and rescue services, won an
The North West Fire and Rescue Services, who have a joint
working group for sustainability, were presented with the EDIE
Award for Environmental Excellence earlier in November.
EDIE, Europe's biggest environmental web journal, recognised the
strides made by the five fire and rescue services in the region to
improve their sustainability credentials.
The awards celebrated the best of the past 12 months of
Greater Manchester has contributed to that achievement by
reducing its carbon footprint, using resources more effectively and
making big reductions year-on-year in emissions. During 2010/2011
alone, the service reduced its total carbon footprint by more than
1000 tonnes (compared with taking no action at all).
Among the winners there was individual recognition for Marks and
Spencer, Coca Cola, Sainsbury's, Olympic Delivery Authority,
Transport for London and the Carbon Trust.
The North West Fire and Rescue Sustainability Network won the
Public Sector Initiative award.
GMFRS Director of Finance and Technical Services Ged Murphy
said: "This award recognises the achievements of hundreds of people
working to improve the long-term sustainability of the five
regional Fire and Rescue Services.
"The North West Fire and Rescue Service Sustainability Network
has been a genuinely successful collaboration that has reduced
duplication, highlighted the best practice and allowed us all to
work together in an efficient, cost-effective way.
"Collectively, the five services have reduced CO2 emissions from
transport alone by more than 1600 tonnes and have successfully bid
for thousands of pounds of grant funding to drive further cost and