En­vi­ron­ment This green and pleas­ant county has our help

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Martin SURL Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner

IT was one of those rare oc­ca­sions when all the stars ap­peared in align­ment. Three years have passed since I made a com­mit­ment in my Po­lice and Crime Plan that the con­stab­u­lary would op­er­ate in as re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able a way as pos­si­ble to pre­serve Glouces­ter­shire as ‘a green and pleas­ant county.’

To re­fresh that com­mit­ment, I chose the Wild­fowl and Wet­lands Trust at Slim­bridge, one of Glouces­ter­shire’s most cel­e­brated con­ser­va­tion sites.

As the sun beat down on one of the hottest days of the year, was Mother Na­ture be­stow­ing her ap­proval on that pledge or was she sim­ply re­mind­ing us all of our re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards the en­vi­ron­ment?

Which­ever is the an­swer, I am proud to say we are ‘do­ing our bit.’

Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the po­lice fleet is well un­der­way and for as long as I am po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner, will con­tinue, where op­er­a­tionally vi­able.

The con­stab­u­lary op­er­ates more

than 400 ve­hi­cles, al­most 20 per cent of which are now pow­ered by elec­tric­ity, with the tar­get of 40 per cent in five years or less. Emis­sions will be an in­creas­ing el­e­ment in the de­ci­sion­mak­ing process, along­side cost and per­for­mance, when ve­hi­cles are pur­chased. Fur­ther­more, the con­stab­u­lary is the only force in the coun­try to hold the en­vi­ron­men­tal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ISO 14001, the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard for en­vi­ron­ment man­age­ment sys­tems. Pre­sented by Lloyds Regis­ter, it ac­knowl­edges the con­stab­u­lary’s suc­cess in mea­sur­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion and re­duc­ing waste. When we’re con­sumed by the stresses and strains of ev­ery­day life, it’s easy to miss the big­ger pic­ture – and there can be none big­ger than safe­guard­ing the planet. So I was de­lighted to be joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from many lo­cal part­ners who share the as­pi­ra­tions of ‘a green and pleas­ant county’ and are keen to in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments in their busi­ness plans. Noth­ing is go­ing to change un­less we change some of our bad habits. Elec­tric cars are a great ex­am­ple of some­thing that 10 years ago no one was talk­ing about in a busi­ness con­text.

Elec­tric po­lice ve­hi­cles aside, Lloyds Regis­ter’s en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems asses­sor, Deb­bie Shaw, was en­cour­aged to find con­struc­tion sites with mo­bile plant that’s now elec­tric. There is no le­gal re­quire­ment on the con­stab­u­lary to be­come more green, it’s just a good thing to do.

You can read my com­mit­ment to ‘a green and pleas­ant county’ in full at glouces­ter­shire-pcc.gov.uk/pri­or­i­ties/a-green_and-pleas­ant-county/.

Chief Con­sta­ble Rod Hansen, Deb­bie Shaw Lloyds Regis­ter, PCC Martin Surl

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